This rider compares to the Luxor scout in the tale of the Battle of Kadesh. On some other Kadesh scenes he is labeled as "The arrival of the scout to hasten the army" of Ptah (TGH James Ramses II). This photo doesn't add much information to the sketch from a prior article since it was too far away to photograph well.
The larger photo illustrates the perspective problem from standing at mere human level in the massive Ramses II temple at Abu Simbel and the color cast of sunlight bending around corners and pillars. Aiming a camera at the rider on horseback at the top of the wall far overhead yields precious little detail. Massive pillars rather close to the walls throw shadows and block the view of the tableau when you stand in the center of the Great Hall. It's marvelous to experience, nearly impossible to photograph.
[left] The facade outside the Abu Simbel Temple
[mid] Ramses colossal statues inside the Great Hall
[right] The Battle of Kadesh tableau in the shadows behind Ramses-fronted pillars
The sheer size of the battle scene provides an astonishing view in real life even though Ramses' artists exhibit inferior artistry on this north wall. These horses lack the undulating curves and beauty of form so splendid in the Luxor scout's horse. And the incisions look more scratched than chiseled. They apparently concentrated on the opposite wall with its glorious oversized rendition of Ramses II drawing his bow from his chariot, his pet lion striding beside the horses. That famous image will be a topic in itself.
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