Avenue of Ram Headed Sphinxes, Karnak 1864

Throughout 3000 years ago, over the New Kingdom in the Pharaonic period, the Ram‐headed Sphinxes Avenue connected Karnak and the Temples of Luxor, a processional avenue was lined on both sides by 1200 statues of sphinxes. The lining of the avenue was erased. Centuries over centuries this avenue has been buried with its statues under about 2 m of silt and sand, and urban development covered it with housing, asphaltic streets, and other structures, obscuring its route and interrupting this dramatic connection.

Object Details

Avenue of Ram Headed Sphinxes, Karnak 1864

Antonio Beato



Albumen print

7 x 9.75 in

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