Just before I went on a trip to Las Vegas, I was in Egypt. I’d been in Egypt for most of October and into the first week of November, then flew to Vegas for 11.11.11. In Egypt, I spent a bulk of my time in Cairo and escaped to the Sinai and Red Sea to a desert beach camp in Ras Shaitan (the Devil’s Head).
I also squeezed in a few days in Luxor to overdose on temples, tombs, and pharaonic ruins.
And quite silly.
Then again, this post seems silly. But I doubt I’ll fly that jarring Egypt-to-Las Vegas itinerary ever again, and since this odd, amusing juxtaposition of culture still swirls in my head, I thought to share it with you.
And so: the kitschy appropriation of ancient Egypt, courtesy of the Luxor Las Vegas:
Left: The Great Sphinx and one of the Pyramids at Giza. Right: A small sphinx-like sculpture with a pharaonic head inside the Luxor, next to a Titanic exhibition. (We’ll just ignore the fact that the Great Sphinx is in Giza, just outside of Cairo’s center, and not in Luxor.)
Left: A relief at the Ramesseum on the west bank in Luxor. Right: A painted relief near the lobby of the Luxor Hotel. Note the profile view and similar hand gestures. On the right, also note the blue color, which—in Egypt’s Luxor—was a gorgeous accent on temple walls that were somewhat preserved, as in Habu Temple on the west bank. (Unfortunately, my camera died when I arrived at Habu, so I have no photos from that visit.)
Compared to the hieroglyphs in Egypt…
More Photos of Egypt:
More Posts on Egypt:
- Photos of Egypt, I: From the Citadel to the Streets in Cairo
- Photos of Egypt, II: The Desert, the Red Sea, and the Devil’s Head
- Photos of Egypt, III: The Temples and Streets of Luxor
- Photos of Egypt, IV: Cairo Street Art on Gezira
- Notes and Numbers from My Moleskine: Egypt, Details, and Sensory Overload
Another Post on Las Vegas:
Cheri Lucas Rowlands
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