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Resurrecting Ozymandias???

Rammeseum (12)

Rammeseum (12) (Photo credit: b-e-m)

Am back in Egypt, west bank of Luxor again after having been here for two months in the midst of winter… noticed then, that the feet of the great colossus of Rammesses II had been moved from in situ… speculated to myself at the time that a reconstruction might be underway… in the light of the recent and ongoing reconstruction of the colossi of Amenhotep III, and rumours amongst people here, I have started to wonder if this indeed is the case… the fallen colossus to be resurrected… this has, after all, already been done virtually in 3D on the computer… I wonder if anyone in this forum has any information as to the truth of these rumours… personally, I believe there are issues here that are problematic… much more of a reconstruction than restoration… disturbing the historicity of the site in post-pharaonic times… and also a stream-lining of the way in which all the various sites are presented…

Would a reconstruction add significantly and positively to how the Rammeseum is viewed?… Are the pre-revolutionary views on Egypt’s ancient sites, and how they are presented, going to continue unchanged?… These are just two questions which come to my mind…

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Glazed Composition Pectoral c.1250 BC New Kingdom/Reign of Ramesses II Glazed composition pectoral: in the form of a pylon, or temple gateway. It depicts the god Anubis as a jackal, with a winged ‘wedjat’, or sacred eye, in the upper left-hand corner. The colour blue connotes resurrection, as often remarked, and the colour yellow alludes to the sun, itself a powerful symbol of resurrection. (Source: The British Museum)


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