Antique Print, Antonio Beato, 1860's: Abu Simbel


Antique Print, Antonio Beato, 1860's: Abu Simbel

An original antique albumen photographic print of the temple at Abu Simbel, Egypt, (constructed by Ramesses II, ca. 1279 BC), taken by the pioneering photographer, Antonio Beato. The temples were unknown until their rediscovery in 1813. They were first explored in 1817 by the Egyptologist Giovanni Battista Belzoni.

Antique albumen photographic print, ca. 1860's.
Height of image: 8 in.

An interesting gift idea for someone interested in antique photography and history.
This print is by Antonio Beato, an early Italian photographer. This image is from the temple at Abu Simbel constructed by one of history's most well-known pharaoh's, Ramesses II. This image captures the temple where it stood in antiquity. This temple was moved stone by stone to prevent it from being flooded under as a result of the construction of the Aswan dam.

cf.: Dawson & Uphill, Who Was Who in Egyptology, (Oxford, 1972) p. 22.

With the construction of the Aswan High Dam, between 1964 and 1966, the Egyptian government disassembled the temples of Abu Simbel and reconstructed them on top of the cliff 200 feet above the original site.

Inv#: 2861


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