Found project: Colossi of Memnon


    Project : Colossi of Memnon

    Architect : Amenhotep III (commissioner)

    Completion: 14th c. BC

    Locality : Luxor

    Country : Egypt

    Building style : Ancient Egyptian architecture

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    Description :

    “Just as the members of Hay’s team were often assigned specific responsibilities, so too were they frequently put to work at different sites. One of those assigned to Catherwood was the so-called colossi of Memnon at Thebes. As Catherwood and his colleagues knew, these two enormous statues represented not the Homeric hero Memnon but Amenophis III, whose temple had once stood behind them. The statue on the right, known as the ‘Vocal Statue’, had been famous since classical antiquity because it uttered sounds at dawn, on days when it was so inclined. Catherwood’s sketches of the colossi show his capacity for conveying the power and mystery of a monument while making an accurate copy of it, the quality that eventually became most striking in his Mesoamerican work. Catherwood also conducted excavations underneath the colossi, an unusually sophisticated approach for this time.”

    Thompson, Jason and Thompson, Angela T.: “Between Two Lost Worlds: Frederick Catherwood” in Starkey, Paul and Starkey, Janet (ed.): Travellers in Egypt, I.B. Tauris Publishers, 1998, p. 133.

    Ed. Katriina Puputti



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