Tom Van Eynde: Thebes Photographic Project



Mortuary Temple of King Nebhepetre Mentuhotep at Deir el-Bahari (date: Dynasty 11, ca. 2061 B.C.). This temple is one of several terrace-temples located at Deir el-Bahari, including the temples of Hatshepsut and Tuthmosis III. Here the photograph reveals the top of the temple platform, looking from the rear toward the front (i.e., toward the east). The remains of three ranks of broken columns and column bases indicate a peristyle colonnade forming a square around a solid masonry structure that was probably a giant mastaba. The composition of the photo evokes the starkness of the scene, with myriad broken fragments of wall-decoration lying in rows neatly arranged. (Caption - Peter Piccione)


All the photographs were made with a Fujica G617 Panorama Camera. The film is TriX. The prints are made on llford Mulitgrade Fiber base paper. The original prints are 7"x22" on 10"x24" paper.


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