Gerard M. Foley

Travel & Photography Collection

Luxor Museum

The small museum at Luxor is a beautiful building for the display of beautiful sculpture. The pieces are from the Middle and New Kingdoms. The displays are quite dramatic, but the lighting is not very bright, making things difficult for the photographer. As in almost all such places, flash is prohibited.

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Amenhotep III, the subject of the "Memnons" between the Nile and Deir el Bahri. Probably the father of Akenaten.
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From Tut Tomb
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Amenemhat III
Middle Kingdom Pharaoh
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Sesostris III
The Middle Kingdom
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Reassemblies of fragments
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Reassemblies of fragments

Akhenaten was apparently deformed, with an extremely long neck and long narrow face, somewhat hunchbacked. The realistic representations he seems to have preferred caused some artists to depict everyone as looking like him. The famous head of his wife, Nefertiti, which was taken to Germany, shows that a good artist did not make this error.

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Another head of Akhenaten

I am grateful to Katherine Griffis-Greenberg and Joanna Aksamit for correcting some of the errors which I made in my initial composition of this page. Thanks also to Dr. Joern Osselman. who has suggested further changes, which I have made.