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Ozymandias planted his feet back again on his pedestal

And in the meantime back at the Ramesseum there wasn’t a single tourist… The different fragments of Ozymandias had been moved yet once again, awaiting who knows what kind of treatment…

And though the mighty Ramesses still sleeps, his feet are now placed on his pedestal… and in the not all that distant future he might even be looking out over the fields…

If this is restoration, and not conservation, then it begs the question as to for whom this is being done… with so many other sites in the area, it seems doubtful that more tourists will come to this peaceful place… and the ambience will also be gone forever… and what new archaeological insights could be gathered by undertaking this project??? Are the reasons not more prosaic, like commemorating the present, just because it is possible.???

And a restoration of his face, if done… how true is that???

Comment: Almost one year has passed since the above was written, and according to obtained information from a presumably reliable source, there are no current plans by the archaeological team to resurrect Ozymandias… the moving of the various small fragments of the collossus have been done as a part of cleaning up the site and making it more understandable to visitors… Hopefully this will be the case, and that The Antiquities Service does not have more grandious plans… There are after all enough collossii being raised in the area of the funeral temple of Amenhotep III… 11th January 2014

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Ozymandias feet in preparation


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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)


11 thoughts on “Ozymandias planted his feet back again on his pedestal

  1. This is always a big question, and there is ultimately no answer to it. I visited a former knights’ hospital in the Netherlands that had changed massively over the years. which period should they have restored it to? which fireplaces and windows retained or restored? In the end they kept the existing window as it framed a gingko tree so beautifully.

    Posted by Barb Drummond | January 19, 2013, 4:23 pm
  2. Here they are now, so much less impressive 😦 On 19 January 2013 14:44, archaeologicallinks

    Posted by FranB | January 19, 2013, 4:42 pm
  3. Hmm, they could have done a digital restoration, leaving the original discovery as it was.

    Posted by kristina1990 | January 21, 2013, 9:37 am
  4. i believe i do have a photo of the feet before their rude removal to their present locatio

    Posted by Jutta Gravesen | January 29, 2014, 1:55 am


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