Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

248

Date

2011

Date of Award

4-18-2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Major

Art History

Concentration

Egyptian Art and Archaeology

Committee Chair

Lorelei H. Corcoran

Committee Member

Peter J. Brand

Committee Member

Fred C. Albertson

Abstract

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.

Comments

Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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