The Rock Temple of Abu Simbel (Der Felsentempel von Abu Simbel)

Image credit: Freud Museum London

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This picture hung directly over Sigmund Freud’s famous psychoanalytic couch in Vienna. It represents a temple façade which was first discovered by Johann Ludwig Burckhardt in 1813. Four colossal statues of Ramses II flank an engraving of the falcon-headed Ra-Harakhte. Above it is a frieze depicting 22 baboons worshipping the rising sun. The temple was carved directly into the rock.

Freud Museum London



The Rock Temple of Abu Simbel (Der Felsentempel von Abu Simbel)




lithograph (?) on paper


H 68 x W 95 cm

Accession number

LDFRD 3980

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