Tom Van Eynde: Thebes Photographic Project



The Colossi of Memnon, Qurna. These monolithic statues of Amenhotep III (c. 1386 B.C.) were erected before his mortuary temple in Western Thebes, which now lies destroyed. To the right of the king's legs are statues of his wife, Queen Tiye. The sides of the colossi are inscribed with the king's name surmounting the sema-tawy, a traditional emblem of the unification of Upper and Lower Egypt (two hermaphroditic figures personifying the Upper and Lower Egyptian Niles tie together fronds of papyrus and water lily, which were the heraldic plants of the Two Lands). (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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