Temple of Isis (Agilqiyya [Philae Reconstruction], Aswan, Egypt) : First Pylon, view showing the rear looking southeast

Creator:
unknown (Egyptian (ancient)
Published/Created:
Aswan, Upper Egypt, Egypt
ca. 285-246 BCE
Date Depicted:
ca. 1990's
8000 BC - 499 AD
Materials:
limestone
painted relief
stone
Notes:
The worship of Isis was probably brought to Philae from the Delta during the 26th Dynasty. By Ptolemaic times the island was the most important place of pilgrimage of the cult of Isis (who, according to the temple myths, brought her husband Osiris back to life, symbolizing the regeneration of the natural cycle). Hundreds of reliefs and hieroglyphic inscriptions in the Temple of Isis provide details of the theological background, and many Greek, demotic and Meroitic graffiti throw light on the daily happenings at this centre of pilgrimage. The cult of Isis in Philae persisted even after the suppression of pagan cults (ca. 391 CE). The Temple of Isis was largely decorated under Ptolemy II Philadelphos (reigned 285-246 BCE).
Topics:
Architecture -- Egypt -- (YVRC)
Period/Style:
Ptolemaic
Culture:
Egyptian (ancient)
Accession Number:
1A3-EG-PH-4-C16
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; deities; Egypt--Religion carving ; construction buildings; religious buildings; temples; complexes; sites (locations); archaeological sites; excavations (sites) pylon; gateway
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:
10114982
PID:
digcoll:1859864