Edward Lear, Kom Ombo (1884)


Edward Lear, Kom Ombo, Egypt.
Signed with monogram and dated ‘188[4]’ (lower right) and inscribed and dated ‘Kom Ombos. Feby 20. 1867′ (lower right) and further inscribed ’43. Kom Ombos.’ (verso). Pencil and watercolour. 3 7/8 x 7 ¼ in. (9.8 x 18.4 cm.)

Kom Ombo stands between Aswan and Edfu, about 48 km north of the Aswan. It stood on an important ancient crossroads between the caravan route from Nubia and the trails from the gold mines in the eastern desert areas. The temple complex was constructed during the Graeco-Roman period in the 2nd Century BC and the main buildings stand on a sandy hill overlooking the surrounding countryside and the Nile which runs between steep, narrow banks of sandstone.


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