'Court of Temple - Medina Afou, Thebes', c 1880

Beato, Antonio

'Court of Temple - Medina Afou, Thebes', c 1880
3 2 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 24cm

Description

A photograph of the entrance to a temple at Deir el-Medina, Thebes, Egypt, taken by Antonio Beato. A robed figure crouches in the sand in front of a wall covered with finely carved hieroglyphs. To the right are the columns of the temple entrance. These Osiride columns take the form of a statue of the Egyptian god Osiris on the pillar's front surface and are recognisable by the figure's crossed arms. Antonio Beato owned a photographic firm based in Luxor. From 1862 onwards he produced thousands of tourist images of Egypt. Confusingly, his brother Felice Beato was also a photographer who worked briefly in Egypt before travelling in India and the Far East. The two brothers sometimes worked together, signing pictures 'Felice Antonio Beato'.

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