Above: two views of the interior of the mosque after the fire. The ceilings have been removed, along with all the plaster from the walls, revealing the ancient blocks. Photos: courtesy of Dr. Sabri Abd El Aziz.
The Inscriptions It is a very rare opportunity to find and translate major newly-discovered inscriptions in one of the best known and most studied temples in Egypt. Whilst many of the new inscriptions are similar to others in the temple, they are, nevertheless, interesting.
Below left is the top of a column, with a cartouche of Rameses II; above this, the inscription shows the word meri which means ‘beloved’. The photo. below right shows a continuation of the text, and mentions Rameses being “In his Ipet temple, beloved”.
The photo. on the left, of a lintel, is a very important inscription in my opinion. The first part of the inscription begins on the right with a shape of a lion; below it is a vulture, the symbol of the goddess Mut. Behind this stands a divinity holding a spear and below his feet is the symbol of Neith the goddess of Sais in the Delta. In the same picture stand three colossal statues of Rameses II, two wearing the white crown, and one a nemes and double crown. Behind them, the King stands holding a staff, is wearing a feather in his crown and has a false beard.
ANCIENTEGYPTDecember 2007/January 2008