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Ancient Face Of A Pharaoh At Karnak

Mark E Tisdale

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Ancient Face Of A Pharaoh At Karnak

Artist

Mark E Tisdale

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Photograph - Photo

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These ancient remains of a statue of an Egyptian Pharaoh have stuck with me long since I left Egypt. There's something haunting about the gaze from a broken statue. There's something about the golden hues of the light that harkens back to the ancient history of Karnak, where this was photographed. I can't quite explain it but the word haunting comes to me each time I reach for it, so I'll repeat myself on that point.

I don't remember precisely which Pharaoh this was meant to represent. In fact, what I do recall is that our guide told us that most of the statues were re-used many times over to represent successive rulers of ancient Egypt. I thought I recalled him saying that it may have once represented the long-remembered Ramses The Great, but I'm not certain of that detail.

What I am certain of is that the workmanship in this statue, even broken centuries upon centuries later, is quite evident. Look at the smooth face, the details in the chest and head-dress. He's quite life-like whether or not he represented a particular ruler or a hundred of them. And he speaks volumes about the ancient artisans who labored at Thebes, the site of modern day Luxor.

Note. That the temple ruins at Luxor and Karnak are part of a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site.

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