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Francis Bedford (1815-94)

The Colossi on the plain of Thebes [Colossi of Memnon] 17 Mar 1862

RCIN 2700892

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The ‘Colossi’ are two statues of the Pharaoh Amenhotep III, standing about 18m (60ft) high. They are all that remain of a large mortuary temple to Amenhotep, originally serving as guardians to the entrance of the temple. During the Roman period, one of the statues was believed to ‘sing’ at dawn and thus was linked to the legendary figure of Memnon. As the son of Eos the dawn, he was believed to greet her each morning with a sigh. Acquired by the Prince of Wales, 1862