Monday, February 28, 2011

Hatshepsut/Osiris Trio

Hatshepsut/Osiris Trio
Originally uploaded by Gibna Kebira.

Three of the twenty-four enormous statues of Hatshepsut as Osiris on the upper terrace at Deir al-Bahri.

This is one of the photos I took when I had the opportunity to visit the mortuary temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahri a couple of weeks ago.

In The Illustrated Guide to Luxor: Tombs, Temples, and Museums, Kent Weeks writes: "Twenty-four colossal Osirid statues front the pillars on either side of a huge granite doorway at the top of the ramp [to the upper terrace]. The statues were originally painted and would have been visible from a distance. Their long beards would have been blue, their throats and faces red, with black and white eyes and blue eyebrows. The various items that they wore or held were red, blue, and yellow."

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