El Kab, Esna & Karnak,
Album 3

Luxor 08 # 1
Aswan 08 # 2
Karnak 08 # 3


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These paintings are in the Tombs of Nobles at El Kab, and are from the New Kingdom era.

Paheri's tomb. On the left he's holding his son, and on the right he's sitting under a canopy with his wife watching scenes of wine making ...

... as well as scenes of hunting birds and fishing (including gutting and drying them)

Paheri and his wife, with a tame monkey eating fruit under their seat

Paheri's duties included overseeing agricultural activities and the loading of boats with grain

These paintings are in the tomb of Renni. Depicted here are the all-important funerary rites

This painting is from the tomb of Setau, showing him and his wife with of a groaning offering table, and a priest wearing his panther-skin

The Temple at Esna is from the Ptolemeic period. What we see now is the Vestibule - about a quarter of the temple.

The rest hasn't been excavated as it is under the town (so often the case in Egypt!)

Once again, the finesse of the carving is astonishing. These would have been coloured too, and some colour still remains

Even the ceiling is carved! These are Egyptian astronomical figures

In fact every surface is covered in carvings - this pillar shows a graceful acrobat

The gods Menheyet (portrayed as a lioness) and Knum (the ram)

The Pharoah smiting his enemies, holding them all by the hair as is the custom

The Temple complex at Karnak. The avenue of Ram-headed sphinxes used to lead from the Nile to the massive First Pylon of the Temple

Ram-headed sphinx, with a statue of Rameses II between its paws

The king worhips before the gods

A huge statue of Rameses II, with a small statue of his daughter between his feet, leads towards the Hypostyle Court with its 134 gigantic columns

Helen examines a relief depicting gods and the Pharoah on a barque

The king at worship

The king makes offerings to the ithyphallic god Min (who only ever has 1 arm & 1 leg, with a flail 'hovering' just by his head)

Priests carrying a sacred barque

A fragment of one of Hatshepsut's obelisks. She is represented as a king (so not as a female figure), wearing the expected king's false beard

Close up of Hatshepsut's obelisk - the delicacy of the carving is amazing!

Looking back towards the huge First Pylon

Sunset over the Temple at Karnak

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