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Francis Bedford (1815-94)

The Great Propylon of the Temple at Edfou [Pylon of the Temple of Horus, Edfu] 14 Mar 1862

RCIN 2700875

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Edfu is the site of an important temple complex to the falcon-headed god Horus, constructed between 246 and 51 BC. The main gateway, properly known as the First Pylon, is covered in carvings showing the Pharaoh Ptolemy XII defeating his enemies in the presence of the god Horus and goddess Hathor, both of whom appear twice, on either side of the gateway. Acquired by the Prince of Wales, 1862