Island of Philae


b1610. Island of Philae

by J P Sebah

The temples on the Island of Philae, Upper Egypt, taken by the pioneering French photographer J P Sebah

Antique Albumen Photographic Print, ca. 1880's
Height of image: 8 in. x 10 inches.
Excellent condition, framed.

Compare Excursions Along the Nile: The Photographic Discovery of Ancient Egypt. Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

Beginning with damming in 1902, Philae was almost completely submerged. By 1960, Philae's temple complex was moved, piece by piece, to Agilkai, 550 meters away, where it was reassembled and remains today. This photograph constitutes an extremely valuable record of monuments that have since been relocated to higher ground due to the Damming project.


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