Art in Exile

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The Younger Memnon: fragment of a colossal statue of Ramesses II from the Ramasseum, now in the British Museum

The colossal bust of Rameses, now in the British Museum, has been there over 150 years, ever since it was ‘prospected’ by the great adventurer, Giovanni Battista Belzoni, who has used hundreds of Egyptian peasants in 1815, and recorded this feat of archaeological engineering in a famous coloured drawing, below

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