Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Carvings in the White Chapel

The carved decorations in the White Chapel of Senusert first are some of the finest ever done in the history of ancient Egypt. The decorations are mostly done in raised relief, which is much more difficult to do than sunk relief.
This particular scene shows a priest (identifiable by the animal skin he is wearing) holding a statue of Amen Min in front of him. Behind the priest is a much larger representation of Pharaoh Senusert I. Above and behind the king are his names and titles, while the name of Amen Min is above the representation of his statue in the rightmost column of hieroglyphs.
The ancient Egyptians usually painted reliefs, but no traces of the original paint can be seen in this photo.

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