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The Temple of Karnak in Luxor is described as being one of the largest temple complexes in the world, covering around 100 ha. It contains many impressive statues, obelisks and hieroglyphs. I was there in the late afternoon and was lucky to this beautiful light on the some of the main features, including this 15m (45 ft) statue of Ramses II with his daughter Bent'anta.

The king stands, arms crossed, holding the crook and flail (symbols of kingship). He wears the nemes headdress with a "double crown" and the short shendyt kilt. At his feet, princess Bent'anta stands, wearing a crown of ureai topped with double plumes. In the hand folded across her chest she holds a flower. Although she is portrayed as an adult, her figure is significantly smaller than that of her father. This reflects not her actual size, but the difference in status between a king and a princess. The statue was usurped by the High Priest Pinedjem (21st Dynasty) and later by Ramesses VI (1143-1136 BCE).

Source: Digital Karnak

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