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The Memnonium or Rameseion, Thebes, 1852-55, printed 1854-56. Creator: Robert Murray

The Memnonium or Rameseion, Thebes, 1852-55, printed 1854-56. Creator: Robert Murray


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The Memnonium or Rameseion, Thebes, 1852-55, printed 1854-56. Creator: Robert Murray

The Memnonium or Rameseion, Thebes, 1852-55, printed 1854-56

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The Memnonium or Rameseion - A Glimpse into Ancient Egypt's Majestic Past

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. This photograph, taken by Robert Murray in the mid-19th century, transports us back to the grandeur of ancient Egypt. The image showcases the magnificent Memnonium or Rameseion temple complex located in Thebes, now known as Luxor. Standing proudly against a picturesque landscape, this archaeological site is a testament to the rich heritage of Egyptian art and architecture. The temple was dedicated to Pharaoh Ramesses II, also known as Ramesses the Great - one of Egypt's most powerful rulers. The photo captures the exterior of this awe-inspiring structure with its towering statues and intricate carvings that depict scenes from religious rituals and historical events. These ruins serve as a reminder of the once thriving civilization that worshipped their gods within these sacred walls. Murray's albumen silver print beautifully captures every detail, emphasizing both the grand scale and delicate craftsmanship present in this ancient monument. Through his lens, we are transported to an era long gone but forever preserved through photography. Displayed at The Metropolitan Museum of Art today, this print serves as a window into our collective human history. It allows us to appreciate not only Murray's skillful artistry but also offers insight into how civilizations before us celebrated their beliefs and left behind lasting legacies for future generations to admire.

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