Painted 3,000 Years Ago and Still Alive with Color! by Pat Yager

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These amazing hieroglyphics have retained much of their color over as many as 3000 years! This piece is overhead, on the underside of a roof slab in the Temple at Karnak.

The Temple complex of Amon-Ra at Karnak, Luxor, Egypt was begun around 2055 B.C. and covered almost 200 acres. This was once the largest sacred complex in all the ancient world. The area of the sacred enclosure of Amon at the heart of the complex is 61 acres and is large enough to accommodate many average size cathedrals. It was said to have been staffed by 80,000 people in the time of Ramses III.

The Karnak complex is the work of several pharaohs and is dedicated to the supreme deity Amon-Ra. The site consists of several huge temples, a forest of columns, pylons, obelisks, and avenues of sphinxes. An ancient obelisk still stands and is said to weigh approximately 323 tons with a height of 29 metres. The majority of the complex was built around 1,500 BC. although Sir Norman Lockyer dated it astronomically as having a foundation date of 3,700 BC. Source:


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Besides photographing things I find beautiful, I love to paint in watercolor! It can be loads of fun, creating its own beautiful color combinations as they run together on the paper, or it can be surprisingly independent, doing “its own thing” where you pretty much have to give up control – one never knows! That’s all just part of the fun!

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  • Mary Campbell
    Mary Campbellover 1 year ago

    Yes, its amazing how these things survive

  • And to top it off, Mary, most if not all of this complex lay under sand for thousands of years!

    – Pat Yager

  • Fred Mitchell
    Fred Mitchellover 1 year ago

    Which company made it. It could be an advertising scoop.

  • What an idea, Fred! I’ll see what I can dig up! LOL

    – Pat Yager

  • TomBaumker
    TomBaumkerover 1 year ago

    Nice find & capture. Amazing. Hugs

  • Eyal Nahmias
    Eyal Nahmiasover 1 year ago

    Thanks for sharing with the Art of the Middle East group.

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