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Dendera: Temple of Hathor  (1858 photo)


Fig.1: The temple of Hathor at Dendera ( photograph: Frith 1862).

This early photograph of the temple at Dendera, an albumin print taken by Francis Frith in 1858, was published in a collection of his  photos from Egypt and Gaza in 1862. The images are typically sharp, well-composed, and informative, making Frith a highly reliable  photo-documentary source of Egyptian sites in this early period. His images date just 12-15 years after the expeditions of Lepsius,  and 60 years after the 1798-9 French expeditions documented in Description de l'Egypte.

In this diagonal view of the temple portico, the multiple masks of Hathor are clearly shown, along with  reliefs on the temple's exterior walls  and  many other architectural details.



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