Thursday, April 11, 2013

The Ramses Temple Joshua McCoy It is for was for my art class and it imprissed with my teacher. Also it is about the Ramses temple of course and tells alot of about it from an art stand point.

These fluctuate-cut temples are located in the ancient Wawat, or the known Ybsambul, in Nubia, near the borders of Sudan, most 300 kilometers from Aswan. Earlier temples in Nubia had been located within forts, but here the confidence of Ramses II, whose reign may have lasted as many as 67 years, is illustrated; these temples, probably once brightly colored, were cut into the natural rock and lapped by the Nile. After eleven centuries of oblivion, these temples were rediscoered in 1813 when Johann Ludwig Burckhardt saw by accident the upper parts of the colossal figures. In 1817 Giovanni Battista Belzoni ensnare the fascinate, part freed from the sand. In the following years these temples were often partially covered by shifting sands. The facade of the Great temple of Ramses is about 38 meters long and 31 meters high. The temple is give to the most important gods of the New Kingdom, Ptah (the creator god of Memphis), Amun-Re (the capital god of Thebes) and Re-Harakhte (sun god of Heliopolis), as well as to the Pharaoh Ramses II himself. The four colossi, statues of Ramses II, are more than 20 meters high and about 4 meters from ear to ear. The doorway to the interior is 7 meters high.

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A statue of Re-Harakhte with the falcon head is in a niche over the entrance. The god is flanked by low relief depictions of Ramses II who presents him with a tiny statuette of Maat goddess of Truth and Justice. The cornice above the entrance has a frieze design of uraei (the sacred asp) and above the cornice in that location are twenty-two high relief statues of seated baboons with their transfer raised in worshipping the sun.

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