'The Temple of Errebek, Thebes', 1859.
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A stereoscopic photograph of the ruined pillars at the entrance to the ruined temple of Errebek at Thebes, Egypt, taken in 1859 by Francis Frith (1822-1898). This is from a series of one hundred stereoscopic photographs taken by Frith for Negretti and Zambra and published in 1862 in a book entitled 'Egypt, Nubia and Ethiopia Illustrated'. The columns here are so-called Lotiform and have ribbed shafts representing the stems of the lotus, with capitals either in the form of a closed bud or open lotus flower. The simple lotus bud form of the column was widely used in Old and Middle Kingdom temples. Just visible on the left beyond the ruined pillars of the portico is the entrance to the inner sanctuary of the temple. The temple was built by Oimenepthah I. Francis Frith was a pioneer of travel photography. He was also one of photography's greatest entrepreneurs, founding a company that was to become the largest publisher of photographs in the world. Frith saw himself as a romantic adve