Pic of the Day


Painting from the tomb of King Ramesses III, New Kingdom, 20th Dynasty – King’s Valley 11, Western Thebes, Valley of the Kings – This scene from the tomb of Ramesses III, depicting the king offering incense to the god Ptah, displays the ravages of time, with much of the painted plaster having fallen from the walls. Walls inside the tombs can be damaged even by human breath, as it contains moisture which brings the salt out from the underlying stone and destroys the painted scenes. For the sake of preservation, prolongued exposure must be avoided.

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