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Temple of Edfou

Hyppolyte Victor Valentin Sébron

European Art

An image of the hawk-headed ancient Egyptian god Horus is shown carved into the left side of the temple portal in the center of this painting. Horus was the god of day and the rising sun. His temple at modern Edfou, south the the ancient city of Luxor along the Nile River, is one of the best preserved of all ancient monuments and was a popular tourist site in the nineteenth century, when this view was painted.

MEDIUM Oil on canvas
  • Place Made: Europe
  • DATES 1876
    DIMENSIONS 28 7/8 x 48 3/4 in. (73.3 x 123.8 cm)
    SIGNATURE Signed and dated lower right: "H Sebron/1876"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Evangeline Wilbour Blashfield, Theodora Wilbour, and Victor Wilbour honoring the wishes of their mother, Charlotte Beebe Wilbour, as a memorial to their father Charles Edwin Wilbour
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