Egypt: Temple of Dendera - paulsmit
[EGYPT 29540]
'Architrave of astronomical ceiling in Hathor Temple at Dendera.'

	An architrave supporting the astronomical ceiling in the outer hypostyle hall of the Hathor Temple at Dendera is decorated with superbly crafted hieroglyphs. The falcon within a square is the hieroglyphic sign for the patron goddess of the temple: Hathor.
The astronomical ceiling consists in total of seven separate strips which are supported by six rows of columns with architraves (for an overview see pictures 29525 and 29539).
The architrave in this picture is located between the first and second strip east from the central ceiling strip.
At the bottom of the picture we see, against a bright blue background, starry deities from the upper register of the second strip east from central (for a detail see photo 29546).
The top of the picture shows the lower register of the first strip east from central (for a detail see photo 29558).
This part of the Dendera Temple was built during the Roman period (first century AD). Photo Paul Smit.