Temple of Horus, Edfu (167. ? Temple.)

Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey French

Not on view

Today, the Temple of Horus is one of the best-preserved ancient Egyptian monuments, but when Girault visited, it was still buried under sand. The complete temple was rediscovered in the 1860s by the French archaeologist Auguste Mariette. Girault was particularly taken with the fallen capital seen here, which he moved and photographed upside down in a separate image (at the Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris), giving it the appearance of an unfamiliar object.

Temple of Horus, Edfu (167. ? Temple.), Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey (French, 1804–1892), Daguerreotype

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