Excavation at Medinet, Haboo, Thebes

Accession Number

Excavation at Medinet, Haboo, Thebes

Antonio Beato

Artist Nationality
British (modern)

Object Creation Date
circa 1860-1870

Medium & Support
albumen print on paper

11 7/16 in x 15 in (29.05 cm x 38.1 cm);8 1/4 in x 10 1/4 in (20.96 cm x 26.04 cm);11 9/16 in x 15 1/16 in (29.37 cm x 38.26 cm);16 in x 20 in (40.64 cm x 50.8 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Howard and Margaret Bond

Subject matter
This photograph depicts the recently revealed excavations at Medinet Habu in Thebes, the mortuary temple of Ramesses III. Beato's framing of the site centers on several rows of partially destroyed columns, which are flanked along the left and back with rows of walls in varying heights and states of degradation. The position of the camera on the edge of what appears to be an interior courtyard offers a view through an interior doorway where more destroyed columns are visible. The photograph offers some sense of the work of archaeological excavation, by showing the site as found rather than rebuilt.

Physical Description
Overarching view of the interior courtyard of an Egyptian temple.

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area

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archaeological parks
cultural tourism
modern and contemporary art
mortuary temples
temples (buildings)
travel photography

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