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Colossi and Sphynx at Wady Saboua, Nubia, 1857

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y30214A/14

Scope and Contents

217 x 151 mm. A view showing the two scarred colossi with their guardian sphinxes in the desert at Wady Saboua, near Korosko. Frith supplies a conventionally romantic remark on their desolation: 'The reader will conjecture that the desolate figures which form my picture are the two statues which terminated the dromos, and some of the mutilated bodies of the androsphynxes. The pylon of the temple is rude, and very much dilapidated; and it appeared to me that these figures were most impressive, standing alone, as I have represented them, amidst the sultry stillness of the desert, whose remorselessness sand-waves are gradually stealing round, engulfing them.'


  • Creation: 1857


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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Good condition, apart from slight fading in from edges.




Frith, Francis, 1822-1898, photographer

Finding aid date

2004-07-01 09:12:44+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

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