Columns and Criosphinxes  

There is very little to go by when constructing the columns from the first pillar hall and twin sphinx (possible?) statues at the temple’s entrance.  Jean Li suggested that the columns are  more than likely papyriform columns.  This assumption is based on the discovered decorative ring from the base of the capital.

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 This ring depicts open buds, however Ranke’s interpretations show a closed bud variation.  We’ve decided to go with Ranke’s version for the initial construction.  

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Illustration by Herman Ranke
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A History of Architecture on the Comparative Method,
by Sir Banister-Fletcher, New York, 1950, pp. 41-42; Drawings: p. 43
Columns at Karnak Temple, Luxor, Egypt
The columns at Karnak Temple, Luxor, Egypt – Stock photos, royalty-free images, graphics, vectors & videos | Adobe Stock  © Vladimir Voronin  
Temple of Karnak. Luxor, Egypt
Ruin of Karnak Temple. Luxor, Egypt, Africa – Stock photos, royalty-free images, graphics, vectors & videos | Adobe Stock © Andrei Nekrassov  
Colonnade in the Luxor Temple - Egypt
Colonnade in the Luxor Temple –  Stock photos, royalty-free images, graphics, vectors & videos | Adobe Stock  Leonid Andronov

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The small statues are believed to be criosphinxes. I haven’t been able to find many references of statues Ranke depicts in his illustration.  

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I’m going in the direction of the what is seen at the Karnak temple.  

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A blocked in version of the croisphinx so far.  The pedestal is next on my list.
Ancient ruins of Karnak
Ancient ruins of Karnak temple in Egypt – Stock photos, royalty-free images, graphics, vectors & videos | Adobe Stock  Photographer: Pakhnyushchyy
Ram sphinxes at Karnak Temple
Ram sphinxes at Karnak Temple in Luxor –  Stock photos, royalty-free images, graphics, vectors & videos | Adobe Stock Photographer: © Paul Vinten
Ram-headed sphinxes at Karnak temple
Alley of the ram-headed sphinges in front of Karnak Temple at Luxor, Egypt – Stock photos, royalty-free images, graphics, vectors & videos | Adobe Stock Photographer: JackF
Avenue of ram-headed sphinxes, Temples of Karnak, Luxor, Egypt
Stock photos, royalty-free images, graphics, vectors & videos | Adobe Stock Photographer:Daniel Meunier
Sphinxes Statue In Karnak Temple
Ram-headed Sphinxes Statue In Karnak Temple, Luxor, Egypt – Stock photos, royalty-free images, graphics, vectors & videos | Adobe Stock Photographer: © Andrey Popov

Kris Howald

I was immersed into the world of virtual archeology for my Masters Research Project at Ryerson University.  The focus of this project was the digital reconstruction of the el-Hibeh temple in Egypt.  After four months I believe I was able to demonstrate the potential this medium has to offer as a way of bridging the past and present.

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