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The Temples of Karnak Hardcover – October 1, 1999
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Original Language: French
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The book is not intended as a discussion on Karnak. It is the culmination of several years hard work photographing and documenting the temple. As a primary source it is already invaluable, for to have such a feast of photographs in one book is rare.
Any Egpytologist or student of the area must possess this book because the Temple of Karnak is there in all its glory to look at. If it had some color plates then so much the better but that is hardly a detraction on an immensely fine piece of work.
I highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in ancient Egypt that goes beyond the casual.
The over 450 full-page black & white photos are a fantastic record of the temples, statuary and obelisks as they stood prior to 1982. Since that time much information has been degraded by tourism and pollution. The B & W photography is almost essential to see the carvings in the sunlight. Only during certain times during the day are many reliefs in their optimal viewing moment. So many temples and chapels are overlooked by tourists or are off-limits. With the exception of Hatchepsuts' recently restored "Red Chapel," most everything is covered in this volume, including the beautiful raised-relief alabaster "White Chapel" of Sesostris I.
The rear of the book has commentaries on every plate, architectural floor plans indicating the exact viewing angle of each photo, Line drawings of important temple features (particular attention given to the "botanical garden" area added by Tuthmosis III, to name one) and detailed notes of the history and significance of every corner of this amazing complex. Some notes include reconstruction overlays of carvings usurped by later rulers & manuscript pages of Champollion.
After having returned again in 2009, my color digital photos cannot add much to the detail contained in this book. Karnak is a place, to most, steeped in mystery and wonderment. For the list price of around $65. this book cannot be beat!Read more ›
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I received 2 books by this author today. This one and The Temple of Man. This book is a little better then the other one. Read morePublished 11 months ago by SFsue
AMAZING BOOK! Essential for understanding the mindset of the Egyptians and the symbolism of their religion and culture.Published 15 months ago by Stephen Bordeaux
Wow. Just get it, you won't regret it. Excellent read. Awesome photography. Impressive in every way imaginablePublished 15 months ago by Joyce