Photographer's Note

Memnón's Colossuses are two gigantic statues of stone that represent the Pharaoh Amenhotep III placed in the western bank of the Nile, opposite to Luxor's Egyptian city, near Medinet Habu and to the south of the big necropolis Tebanas.

Both twin statues show to Amenhotep III in position sedate you; his(her,your) hands rest in the knees and his(her,your) look goes eastward, towards the river Nile and to the nascent Sun. Two figures of minor size, placed together with(close to) the throne, represent his(her,your) wife Tiy and his(her,your) mother Mutemuia; the lateral panels show an allegory in bas-relief of the god of the Nile, Hapy.

The statues are esculpidas in big blocks of cuarcita, brought specially from Giza and of Gebel's quarry the-Silsila, to the north of Asuán. Including the bases of stone on those who sustain, the statues have a total height of eighteen meters.

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