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of Ramesses II at Luxor Temple.
Hemmed in by massive papyrus-bundle columns, this granite colossus
was originally carved for Amenhotep III and two centuries later was recut
for Ramesses II. Standing by the left leg of the king is Queen Nefertari.
Of the eleven surviving standing colossi in the first court at Luxor Temple,
five are statues of Amenhotep III that Ramesses II "renewed" for his courtyard.
The reuse of the monuments of an earlier ruler was not always a hostile
usurpation or the outcome of damnatio memoriae, but could also be a recutting
of an ancient monument in order to renew the creative powers of the temple.
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