General view of Medeenet Abou [Medinet Habu, Thebes]

Thebes, on the west bank of the Nile, was a vast mortuary site for the rulers of the New Kingdom, 1550-1069 BC. Alongside the Valley of the Kings and Queens were several mortuary temples. The Temple of Ramesses III at Medinet Habu was an important New Kingdom period temple structure in the West Bank of Luxor in Egypt. Aside from its size and architectural and artistic importance, the mortuary temple is probably best known as the source of inscribed reliefs depicting the advent and defeat of the Sea Peoples during the reign of Ramesses III. The photograph is signed, captioned and dated in the negative, ‘F Bedford Medeenet Abou’.

Object Details

General view of Medeenet Abou [Medinet Habu, Thebes]


Francis Bedford




Albumen print, mounted on card


23.9 x 29.2 cm

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