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Luxor temple

2. The halls

3. Grand statues

4. The holiest

5. Walls paintings

6. Roman altar

7. The strange mosque

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Walls decorations of Luxor Temple

Luxor, Egypt

Luxor, Egypt

Luxor, Egypt

Luxor, Egypt

Wall decorations of Luxor Temple are actually not up the standard of many other important Ancient Egyptian temples. The reliefs are not deep, carvings not advanced and colours are rarely seen. The latter may well have an explanation, as exposure to sun and air over time destroys paintings.
Still, the decorations here are of great interest for the religion and culture of Ancient Egypt.
Top photo contains information about animal life and its economy, the second indicates an oxen sacrified, or to be sacrified in a religious ritual.
The third photo is noteworthy for being one of few examples of art representing sex which have survived the religious zeal of especially the Christians, but also the later Muslims. Even more, because the image is low on the wall, and easy to reach. Actually, somehow this erect penis seem to have caused respect across all cultures and times: all around it, marks have been made into the wall, but this is left untouched.
The two last photos are not really wall decorations, rather from statues in the early rooms of the temple. The technique is different, with deeper carvings sunk into the stone.
Luxor, Egypt

By Tore Kjeilen