Friday, December 4, 2009

Temple of Dendur

The temple of Dendur, ca 15 bce is from the Roman time period, part of the Egyptian art. The temples represented a verity of religious concepts. The temple shows the natural world as seen from the Egyptians. The temple is lined with carvings of papyrus and lotus plants. The temple has two columns on the porch that rise toward the sky. The outer walls are carved scenes of the king making offerings. These figures are carved in sunken relief. Their crowns identify Isis, Osiris, and Horus. The temple honored the goddess Isis, Pedesi, and Pinor. The first room of the temple is of the pharaoh praying and making offers to the gods. From this room you can look threw the middle room, which was used for offerings, to the sanctuary of Isis. In these two rooms you can see relief of Pinor worshiping Isis, and Pedesi worshiping Osiris. This temple is made of sandstone and is eighty-two feet high.

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