|Albumen print, 1857|
Title, Frith's name and date printed mount verso; "Frith E no 19" and "1857" scribed in the negative, lower right corner. Plate 5 in Vol. 2 of Frith's "Egypt and Palestine" published 1858-1859.
The view is of a small temple to the venerable Egyptian goddess Het-Hert (also known as Het-Heru, Hethert and Hathor), patroness of women and the arts, with the River Nile in the background. (Nefertari, wife of Pharaoh Ramsis II, is represented by the image of Hathor at the Temples at Abu Simbel.) In the 1960s this small temple, the great temples at Abu Simbel, and other ancient Nubian monuments were threatened with submersion by the future Lake Nasser behind the Aswan High Dam. They were disassembled and moved by the Egyptian government and UNESCO as part of a massive preservation project. The temples at Abu Simbel were reassembled more than 200 feet (60 m) above their original location. This Temple of Hathor at Wady Kardassy was moved 16 miles (25 km) and reconstructed at a new site near the Temple of Kalabsha.
This print was overmatted and framed for a previous owner, showing a generous portion of the print's original mount. Outer dimensions of the frame: 17 1/2 inches h, 19 1/4 w, (44.5 x 49 cm)