Temple of Dendur Shines in a New Light

To enable its visitors a more authentic picture of precious antiquities of Egypt, won the Metropolitan Museum of Art launched a new project to life in New York. As a contribution to the New York Times reported that the engravings of the temple of Dendur using LED technology and a projector for the evening visitors to the museum have been restored to the old colors they once adorned.

Dendur was a place in Nubia, 75 km south of Aswan on the west bank of the Nile. Here was a small temple, the emperor Augustus was donated by around 15 v. Chr. In Egyptian style of the Roman governor Petronius behalf. The temple was dedicated to the god Osiris and his wife Isis. However, he threatened in 1962 to sink in Lake Nasser, after the Egyptian government to stamp the Americans in return for their contribution to the international campaign to save the Nubian monuments – especially the temple of Abu Simbel – gave. The temple was therefore removed and 1978 in Metropolitan Museum of Art rebuilt from New York.

Egyptologists had long been aware that many of the ancient buildings originally in Egypt with colorful paintings were covered, which gave the stone and the structures to life. When the temple arrived in New York, it was clear that the floods had destroyed all traces of the original painting over the centuries. The curators of the Metropolitan Museum had no choice but to guess how the temple might have originally looked like. By means of the advances in LED technology, it is now possible to fill the engravings in stone restore color. The projections breathe the walls of the temple now a new life.