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C.G. Fountaine 
The Memnonium [Ramesseum], Thebes 
[Photographic views taken in Egypt and Greece by C. G. Fontaine] 
1862 
  
Albumen print 
30.8 x 40.6 cm (image) 
  
The Royal Collection 
RCIN 2081578 
  
 
LL/93243 
  
View of some of the columns in the hypostyle hall of the Ramesseum, the mortuary temple of Rameses II (1279-1213 BC). The temple was still also known in the nineteenth century as the Memnonium, and the whole area as Memnonia, as a result of its association with Memnon, the Homeric character. Such association started in classical times with the identification of the two colossal statues of Amenhotep III (1390-1352 BC), standing not far from the mortuary temple, as a pair of statues depicting Memnon (still commonly known today as the Colossi of Memnon).
 
Acquired by King Edward VII when Prince of Wales 
 

 
  
 
  
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