This is the long south wall of the sanctuary in the rock-cut temple of the west bank at Silsila. Decorated in sunken relief, it shows almost 40 seated deities uttering wishes of well being for king Horemhab. They have been often described as an egyptian pantheon. Turned however toward the end wall of the temple, they are here as guests to witness the mythological mystery taking place. Smaller vignettes showing priests adoring gods were later added in an empty lower portion of the wall during the Ramesside period. The destructions visible at the left are traces of erasures or hacking done during the end of the Amarna period. They were concealed under a coatting of hard “plaster” when the wall was restored for new inscriptions.
Gebel el Silsila Project - Epigraphic Survey
Photography, Modeling and anotations Philippe Martinez, CNRS, Sorbonne Universités, email@example.com