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Precinct of Amun-Re

Columns of the hypostyle hall at the highly sacred precinct of Amun-Re in the Karnak Temple Complex.


Karnak Temple

The interior of the imposing (21 m. / 68 ft. High) “Bab el Amara Gate”, located at the south part of (Karnak Temple Complex) in front of the Temple of ‘Khonsu’. Just outside this gate lies the modern village of ‘El-Karnak’ and the end of the ‘Avenue of Sphinxes’ that ran to ‘Ipet-Resyt’ (Luxor Temple). This southern gate was constructed during Ptolemaic times by ‘Ptolemy III. Euergetes’ (Ptolemaios-ankh-djed-meri-Ptah) – (246-222 BC)

It is fully decorated with offering scenes and hieroglyphics. #iregipto #egyptpassion


Seated Statue of the Goddess Sekhmet

The predatory impression of the lioness’ head placed on top of the imposing body of a woman is tempered by the tresses of the long wig which fall over the accentuated breasts. The mane is ornamental and gives a noble rather than a frightful appearance to the leonine face with its bony skull and stylized whiskers. On top of the head rises, or rather rose, a solar disk with a royal cobra which emphasizes the cosmic aspects of this composite manifestation of hazardous divinity.

The face has been modeled with extreme care. Its eyes are small and framed by eyelids in relief, which were originally painted, as were the five-partite collar and the edge of the robe. Sekhmet is seated on a block throne with a low back. To the left and right of the legs of the goddess, vertical lines of inscription have been added to the surface of the throne.

Black granite, from the Temple of Mut at Karnak. New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, reign of Amenhotep III, ca. 1391-1353 BC. Now in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.


Cartouches of Thutmose III

Fragment of a low relief depicts the royal cartouches of Thutmose III (r. ca. 1479-1425 BC) in the courtyard

of Karnak Temple Complex.


Amenhotep I before Min-Amun

Block relief depicting the pharaoh Amenhotep I (r. ca. 1525-1504 BC) making an offering to the fertility god Min-Amun, Karnak Open Air Museum, Luxor.

Photo: Campbell Price


Reconstructed wall decorations from the Temple of Akhenaten (ruled 1353–1336 BCE), also called the Gempaaten, at Karnak. It was later demolished and its stone blocks (“talaats”) were used to form the core of the 9th pylon of the Temple of Amun-Ra during Horemheb’s reign (1306-1292 BCE) [667 × 500].


A statue of the god ‘Thot’ depicted as a baboon between the columns of the vestibule of Temple of Khonsu’.

It is located at the south part of the large ‘Precinct of Amun-Ra’ at Karnak Temple Complex.

The ‘Temple of Khonsu’ is an almost complete example of a New Kingdom temple, and was originally constructed by ‘Ramses III’ and finished by ‘Ramses IV’ but the baboon is older, and carved during the reign of ‘Seti I’.

The gateway of this temple is at the end of the ‘Avenue of Sphinxes’ that ran to Luxor Temple.

‘Khonsu’ was the son of 𓇋𓏠𓈖’Amun’ & 𓏏𓅐’Mut’, the 3 most important gods in ancient Thebes.

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