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For no apparent reason

Posted: Sun Nov 30, 2014 8:24 pm
by system1988
I had this photo set aside years ago from an old french magazine because the rare angle of the photo shows how the enormous statue hands were paced on the thighs.

There was a similarity in the way the hands move with certain greek 6th BC seated statues in Samos island.

These are however old observations of mine. Today what mostly impresses me is the tiny white human figure, indicating the scale of the monument and its statues.

Again, for no apparent reason
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Re: For no apparent reason

Posted: Tue Dec 02, 2014 6:11 pm
by hiphys
Thank you for posting these two photos: I remember when I studied Egyptology on Wilson's book with the famous quote of 'Ozymandias, King of kings...' as an epigraph...

Re: For no apparent reason

Posted: Wed Dec 03, 2014 1:49 pm
by system1988
Well this the famous Abul Simbel statues (Ramses is depicted 4 times) but I know nothing of the epigraph you speak of.

Re: For no apparent reason

Posted: Wed Dec 03, 2014 11:25 pm
by hiphys
Ozymandias was an alternative name for the Pharaoh Ramesses II (e.g. in Diodorus). P.B.Shelley wrote a poem that contained these lines ( in 1818 the imminent arrival of a big fragment of the statue of Ramesses in London British Museum may have inspired the poem):
"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair.
Nothing beside remains..."
Wilson put at the beginnings of his book these lines that have always touched me exceedingly!