Model renderings: 3
Archival images: 0
Object catalog: 0
Other works initiated by Ptolemy III:
The gate is situated within the enclosure wall of Nectanebo I, south of the Khonsu Temple. To the south of the gate stood a sphinx-lined alleyway. The ceiling was decorated with a motif of flying vultures. The interior walls were covered with the hieroglyphic symbols for "all life, prosperity, and health," a common wish for the pharaoh. A winged sun-disk adorned the center of the gate's lintel. The north face of the gate is covered with relief scenes of the king interacting with divinities.
Measurements: The gate measures 21m high. The opening is 14.0-14.4m high and 5.6m wide.
Nectanebo I or his successor Teos planned to front the Khonsu Temple with a new gate and pylon. The king began construction on the flanking pylon towers, 28.2m long each. The project was never finished and the foundations of these towers were left incomplete.
Construction materials: stone
Ptolemy III erected a huge stone gateway between the planned pylon towers. The gate was inscribed with texts and relief scenes mentioning the king.
The Ptolemy III gate was designed based on the axial drawings of Zignani (2003: fig. 5-9, 16).
Photographs of the gate as it appears at Karnak today were placed on the north exterior and the interior sides of the model. The south side, not photographed, was done with a generic stone pattern.
Sometime after the addition of the Ptolemy III gate, a mud brick wall was built up against the gate to close off the area between the Nectanebo I enclosure wall and the gate. The planned pylon towers were covered by this new wall.
Construction materials: mud brick
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Lauffray, Jean, Serge Sauneron, and Sa'ad Ramadan (1975), “Rapport sur les travaux de Karnak.” Cahiers de Karnak, vol. V, 1-42.
Zignani, Pierre (2003), “Observations architecturales sur la porte d'Évergète.” Cahiers de Karnak, vol. VI, 711-743.