Date of Award
Master of Arts
Egyptian Art and Archaeology
Lorelei H. Corcoran
Peter J. Brand
Fred C. Albertson
This thesis examines the general characteristics of temple relief decoration in the first three years of the reign of Ramesses II (c. 1279-1213 B.C.) based on examples from two monuments whose decoration is securely dated to this timeframe: the Great Hypostyle Hall at Karnak and the Ramesside Forecourt at Luxor Temple. The study examines the characteristics of sandstone of which both monuments were constructed, and how its qualities influenced the appearence of the relief decoration of the blocks with respect to both original and revised designs. The layout, design and carving of the reliefs of a phase of decoration in the Hypostyle Hall closely parallels the reliefs at Luxor. Based on stylistic and epigraphic criteria, the thesis concludes that part pf the south half of the east wall of the Hypostyle Hall is stylistically contemporary with the decoration at the Ramesside Forecourt.
Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Feleg, Rosa Erika, "Features of the Early Relief Decoration of Ramesses II at the Karnak Hypostyle Hall and the Ramesside Forecourt at Luxor Temple" (2011). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 187.