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Koum Ombo, Upper Egypt, 1857

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y30214A/3

Scope and Contents

235 x 138 mm. A view showing the massive ruins of the temple of Horus and Sobk at Kom Ombo with two figures standing beside a sculptured block of stone as an indication of size. As seen here the temple lies buried in sand to over half its height, and according to Frith: 'the accumulated sands of ages have buried this once magnificent pile to the capitals of the columns, and its stunted height strikes you as strangely disproportionate to the vastness of its other dimensions, and the immense size of the stones. It reminds you of some grand old giant, buried to the shoulders, not dead yet, but overpowered and imprisoned by some potent spell - majestic in his helplessness ... It does not seem too much to hope that Koum Ombo may at some period be released from his sandy sepulchre ... ' (this has in fact now been achieved).


  • 1857


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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Good condition.


Frith made several studies of this temple, see also: Frith, Francis (1979), Koum Ombo. IN 'Creative Camera', December, p. 403, London: Colin Osman.




Frith, Francis, 1822-1898, photographer

Finding aid date

2004-06-30 12:05:30+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

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