Ancient and Abandoned – A Study in Perspective

Standing guard for almost four millennia on the edge of the necropolis of  Amenhotep III, near the Valley of the Kings, the colossi of Memnon rear above the sugar cane fields flanking the banks of the Nile, timeless sentinels to the majesty of the god-king.

Ancient & Abandoned - Timeleess landscapeOn closer inspection, time is etched into the statues:  one was cracked and partially toppled during an ancient earthquake and subsequently restored by the Romans, the other (shown here), is pitted and eroded by the environment itself.

Luxor (Valley of the Kings), Egypt, 1976I particularly enjoy the play on proportion and perspective provided by the life-size figures of the Pharaoh’s wife and mother, nestling like children against his lower legs.

47 thoughts on “Ancient and Abandoned – A Study in Perspective

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    • I love thinking of them standing there, surrounded by the cane fields through the millennia. Wiki recounts how floodwaters used to reach up to them, before the Aswan High Dam – how extraordinary that must have been.

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  5. Perfect choice for the challenge Meredith. I always assumed that the queens were portrayed distinctly smaller to signify their lesser status (Nefertari alone is shown as equal in Abu Simbel). Your post makes me think it just might have been those ancient sculptors way to illustrate scale!!!

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    • For some extraordinary reason the former Mr. TWLG and I rode donkeys from the ferry up to the Valley of the Kings (that’s not the sort of thing he liked to spend our meagre funds on!) and as we emerged from the cane fields there, ahead of us under the mountain, surrounded by another field of cane were those two figures. It was ‘mind blowing’ – the sensation of surprise and wonder so intense I can feel it now, as I tell you about it 🙂

      • how incredible … it did not look like the kind of site a tour bus arrives at! what a marvellous memory … like the time we were swimming along the Greek coast and came across marble columns under the water 🙂

  7. Wonderful photo and such a great response to the challenges, Meredith. Love that you were able to take photos both near and far. Visiting Egypt remains one of the highlights of my travels. To touch one of the Great Pyramids was a childhood fantasy realized.

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