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Jean-Baptiste Prosper Jollois
Edfou (Apollinopolis Magna)

1809 - 1813


Original copper engraving, from Description de l'Égypte, (A Vol. I,Plate 61). Published in France by L'Imprimerie Imperiale, 1809-1813 and L'Imprimerie Royale, 1817-1829. Good condition apart from some foxing. Embossed stamp of L'Imprimerie Royale upper right. The middle and lower portion of the engraving shows the hieroglyphic wall of the Northern Gate of the ancient Egyptian Temple Complex at Denderah. Also represented are the architectural plan, sections, and several details of the Northern Gate. Commissioned in 15 BC by Roman Emperor Augustus and built by the Roman governor of Egypt, Petronius, the Denderah complex of buildings was dedicated to Isis, Osiris, and two deified sons of the local Nubian chieftain, Pediese. The Small Temple of Dendur and a map of the architectural remains at the site, not shown in the above photographs, are also available to view on 1stdibs item of our gallery. The Small Temple is located in the site's walled enclosure, was gifted to the United States in 1965 to express Egypt's gratitude for American help in the excavation and rescue of ancient Egyptian architecture threatened by the construction of the Assuan Dam. The Small Temple was initially intended to be relocated on the banks of the Potomac or the Charles Rivers. But in order to avoid outdoor weathering of its sandstone blocks, it was decided instead to reconstruct the temple inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City where it has been preserved and splendidly exhibited since 1978. Description de l'Égypte (Description of Egypt) was a multi-volume, deluxe publication, the first volume of which appeared in 1809 and and the final volume in 1829. This project aimed to comprehensively catalog all known aspects of ancient and contemporary Egypt including its natural history of flora and fauna. Following Napoleon's conquest of Egypt, the French government dispatched 160 civilian scholars and scientists along with 2000 artists, including 400 engravers, to accompany Napoleon's expedition to Egypt (1798 to 1801). The resulting 17-volume Description de l'Égypte' is considered to be one of the most extensive archeological and anthropological studies ever undertaken.


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    H 25.0 in. x W 37.0 in.

    H 63.5 cm x W 93.98 cm

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    New York, NY
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