Color Your World 2018: 120 Days of Crayola – Outer Space

Outer Space Pharaoh

Ancient Egyptian King Mentuhotep II, who initiated the Middle Kingdom when he reunified upper and lower Egypt. He ruled from c. 2061–2010 BCE. Mentuhotep is said to be one of the first pharaohs deified while still living. The dark color of his skin and the crossed arms are references to Horus, the Egyptian god of death, fertility and resurrection.  The painted sandstone statue is in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Egypt.

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CB&WC: Walls

Gods, Pharaohs, and Hieroglyphs

Intersecting walls at Edfu Temple, Edfu, Egypt

King Ptolemy VIII making an offering to the Goddess Hathor and the God Horus. Relief carving on the wall of the ambulatory surrounding the sanctuary of the Temple of Edfu. Construction of the temple began in 237 BCE and continued until about 57 BCE.  The architecture combines traditional Egyptian elements with Greek influences. It is dedicated to the cult of a triad of Gods: Horus of Behdet, his wife Hathor and their son, Hor-Sama-Tawy.

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Waving for Baksheesh

Waving For Baksheesh

Kom Ombo Temple, Egypt

On the east bank of the Nile, just north of Aswan, Kom Ombo’s Greco-Roman temple was originally built between 205-180 BCE, during the reign of King Ptolemy V.  A large portion of the temple, including the hypostyle hall where this picture was taken, was constructed between 81-96 BCE, during the reign of the Roman Emperor Tiberius.  The temple is dedicated to the the crocodile god Sobek and the falcon god Horus.

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WPC: Silence

Silence of the Gods

Hypostyle Hall, Temple at Edfu, Egypt

Edfu is one of the best preserved temples in Egypt. It is dedicated to the falcon god Horus and was built in the Ptolemaic period between 237 and 57 BC.

WPC: Silence

Thursday’s Special: Angular

Angles at Edfu

Inner walls at Edfu Temple, Egypt

The Temple of Edfu, located on the west bank of the Nile, is dedicated to the falcon god Horus. The  sandstone temple complex was built in the Ptolemaic period between 237 and 57 BC. It is the second largest temple after Karnak and is the most completely preserved ancient temple in Egypt. Prior to excavations which began in the 1860s, the temple was buried under almost 40 ft of desert sand and Nile river silt. The chisel marks on the relief figures were  done during the period the temple was used as a christian church.

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Thursday’s Special: Remains

Temple at Kom Ombo

Remains of colonnade, Temple at Kom Ombo, Egypt,

Constructed during the Ptolemaic dynasty, 180–47 BC the Temple of Kom Ombu is unique. It is a symmetrical double temple dedicated to two gods: the crocodile god Sobek (who was a god of fertility and creator of the world with Hathor and Khonsu) and the falcon god Haroeris, also known as Horus the Elder.

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