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Portico in details

portico in ancient Egypt

A portico shall provide cool shade in the long Egyptian summer, an element even if it has become devoid of artistry and has ended up just a rough concrete column,

knoweldge about Portico was deliverd to us as we were lucky enough to see the Houses of Soul and before we start on construction detial of Portico and their context we dive briefly in how and who found them and where they are today .

Portico in an egyptian house - Leiden Museum

This model was found while walking in Leiden Museum, in the same period as the musuem deformed the face of Tut-Unkh-Amun to fit their events.

Searching the info after this model took me to this Petrie´s soul houses. Provenance: Rifeh. Location: Western Institutions . where I found that there is a list of soul houses beside the one that are repeatidly circulating the social media. The so called 'Soul houses' are actually apart of a pottery found of 'around 150 pottery models' .

According to the article mentioned here; It was Petrie who decided for the Egyptians that they are called the soul Houses. the egyptian artist didnt speak yet.

portico in ancient Egypt, soul houses in ancient egypt

Document which shows the objects from Rifeh sent to Rochadle in 1907.

In the same article there is a list of the houses and where are they today.

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The facade of a columned portico in ancient egyptian language

The facade of a columned portico


While working on colors of Portico, It came to me for the firt time this quesion: How acceceable were colors as a material for the normal egyptian? answering this questin goes byond the aesthetic of a portice in Egypt. The Answer on this question can touch of the limitations of Art in the everyday life in Egypt.

Therefore I strated on this course here BLUE: a symposium exploring aspects of life in ancient Egypt

My goal is to gain a new image on colours in Ancient Egypt


Structure : Thanks the article on the paper of Dr. Marisol Solchaga understood that there are quite big rang of forms. This divers range of porticos opens the door for a structural study on the designs left by the Egyptian for the Portico

Orientaion: always faced north independently from the oriantaion of the house1


Material has been always a decision that is made in the first place financially and then artisitically.

this remark was first brought to my attention while reading Dr. Badawy on the art of the 18th dynasity during the occupation of the Hyksos in north Egypt

Model of portico in ancient egypt

Ancient Egyptian portico of the Mastaba of Seshemnefer IV (Giza pyramid complex, Egypt)



Porticos are still a common sight in Egyptian villages today. During my visits to the villages surrounding our city, I observed at least two distinct types of porticos. However, I also noticed that many columns lacked decoration or final touches.

It is difficult to ascertain the reasons behind this. While the country's economic situation undoubtedly influences such decisions, I believe that even with affordable materials, homeowners may not prioritize exterior polishing of their properties. This is an area that warrants further research.

Regrettably, I didn't take photos of the examples I encountered in Egypt. As a result, I plan to compile images from the internet to illustrate these architectural features.


* All pictures shall be linked to the source were it was taken from 1 Architecture in ancient egypt and the near east A.B.

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