Ecuries de Salomon—Stables of SalomonArtist(s)Felix BonfilsArtist NationalityFrench (culture or style)Object Creation Datecirca 1867-1885Medium & Supportalbumen print on paperDimensions
14 in x 10 15/16 in (35.56 cm x 27.78 cm)Credit LineGift of Margaret and Howard BondSubject matter
In this photograph, the so-called stables of Solomon, a subterranean structure beneath the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, appear as though long abandoned. The heavy stone structure—a barrel-vault ceiling with rounded arch openings on either side—has no windows, an effect which reinforces the tomb-like quality of the scene. Indeed, the rubble and dirt which cover the floor and pile up in the back left corner of the chamber have almost “buried” these stables. The bright light that emanates from behind the camera belies the evident lack of natural lighting in the space. This image is one of hundreds of photographs made throughout Bonfils' career which purport to document various landscapes, cityscapes, and people of the eastern Mediterranean. Physical Description
This photograph shows an interior view of a stone chamber with a barrel vault and rounded-arch openings that line either wall. Dust and stone debris gather on the floor. Primary Object ClassificationPhotographCollection AreaPhotographyRights
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stables (animal housing)