Colossi of Memnon

The ‘colossi’ are two statues of the Pharaoh Amenhotep III, standing about 18 m (60 ft) high. They are all that remain of a large mortuary temple to Amenhotep, originally serving as guardians to the entrance of the temple. During the Roman period, one of the statues was believed to ‘sing’ at dawn and thus was linked to the legendary figure of Memnon. As the son of Eos the dawn, he was believed to greet her each morning with a sigh.

Object Details

Colossi of Memnon

Francis Bedford



Albumen print, mounted on card

23.7 x 28.6 cm

Acquired by the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII), 1862