Temple of Gerf Hussein [New Kalabsha Reconstruction] (Aswan, Egypt) : An engaged colossal statue of Ramesses II

Creator:
unknown (Egyptian (ancient)
Published/Created:
Aswan, Upper Egypt, Egypt
ca. 1279-1213 BCE ; ca. 1970 (other)
Date Depicted:
ca. 1990-1999
8000 BC - 499 AD
Materials:
limestone
painted relief
stone
Notes:
The temple of Gerf Hussein (originally known as Per Ptah, or the 'House of Ptah') is dedicated to Ramesses II, and was built by the Viceroy of Nubia, Setau. Originally it was partially free-standing, and partially rock-cut. During the flooding of Lake Nasser the free-standing section was dismantled and has been reconstructed at New Kalabsha. Most of the rock cut temple was left in place and is now submerged beneath the waters. "The last two temples of Ramesses II's reign, at Gerf Hussein and el-Derr, are of inferior workmanship. The temple at Gerf Hussein (now submerged beneath Lake Nasser) was slightly simpler in plan than Wadi el-Sebua, although it incorporated a new feature in the form of a series of six statue groups, set into niches in the hall. Most of the temple was excavated in the rock; the very poor quality of this stone is to some degree responsible for the coarseness of the work and the squat appearance of the carved figures.
Topics:
Architecture -- Egypt -- (YVRC)
Period/Style:
19th Dynasty
New Kingdom
Ramesside period
Culture:
Egyptian (ancient)
Accession Number:
1A3-EG-K-4-B2
Genre:
architecture (AAT)
religious buildings: temples (AAT)
Format:
Image
Content Type:
Sculptures, Models, & Architecture
Rights:
Copyright Scott Gilchrist, Archivision, Inc
The use of this image may be subject to the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) or to site license or other rights management terms and conditions. The person using the image is liable for any infringement.
Access Restrictions:
Yale Community Only
Digital:
architectural exteriors; rulers and leaders; Ramses II, King of Egypt construction buildings; religious buildings; temples; complexes; sites (locations); archaeological sites; excavations (sites)
Source Creator:
Gilchrist, Scott
Source Title:
Archivision Module One
Source Created:
2878 Chamonix, Montreal QC
Archivision, Inc.
ca. 1990's
Source Note:
Purchase, Visual Resources Collection, May, 2011; photographer Scott Gilchrist
Yale Collection:
Visual Resources Collection
Digital Collection:
Visual Resources Collection
Local Record Number:
4152
OID:
10114383
PID:
digcoll:1856562