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Creator: Eliot Elisofon, photographer.
Hieroglyphic inscription at the “White Chapel” of Senwosret I. Karnak, Egypt, [negative].
Contained in: Eliot Elisofon Field photographs, 1942-1972
Produced: 1961
“The richly decorated ‘white Chapel’ of Senwosret (Senusret, Sesostris) I (1972-1926 BCE) at Karnak shows the expanded use of inscriptions and representational art which developed in Middle Kingdom temples. Architectural symmetry also increased in the Middle Kingdom, and Senwosret’s ‘White Chapel’ on the processional route from the Great Temple of Amun at Karnak provides an example of an equally symmetrical and exquisitely fashioned barque chapel or way-station of this same period.” [Wilkinson R., 2000: The Complete Temples of Ancient Egypt. Thames and Hudson].
“A village on East bank of the Nile in Upper Egypt; with Luxor, Karnak is on the site of ancient Thebes; location of temple of Amen, considered one of the finest examples of early New Kingdom religious architecture; also has many Middle Kingdom remains.” [The J.P.Getty Fund: Thesaurus of Geographic Names].
The photograph depicts relief detail showing Senwosret before Amun. This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon was working on “The Nile” project and traveled to Africa from March 14, 1961 to March 31, 1961, visiting Egypt.

(via Hieroglyphic inscription at the “White Chapel” of Senwosret I. Karnak, Egypt, [negative].)

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