Tom Van Eynde: Thebes Photographic Project



Abydos. The Osireion. View looking northeast through the Burial Chamber. The Osireion is located just behind (west) of the Temple of Seti I. It was built as a cenotaph (false tomb), probably for the god Osiris, by Seti I (c. 1291 B.C.). The burial chamber is an "island" of stone surrounded by a canal of water. This island is accessed by a staircase (shown flooded in the foreground). Carved into the floor are rectangular receptacles for a sarcophagus and canopic chest (shown flooded in the center). Flanking the center of chamber on both sides is a colonnade of ten square monolithic granite columns and architraves erected in Old Kingdom style. It has been suggested that the architecture of the Osireion was inspired by the Valley Temple and causeway of Khafre at Giza, which by the New Kingdom was buried underground but was still accessible and known to the Egyptians as a tomb or shrine of Osiris. (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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