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The genuine and the true: 4

The attached photograph shows a building designed by architectural engineer 'Imhotep' which remains in Saqqara near Giza famous for the pyramids. It shows a noble (and modern) appearance from which we can not imagine at all that it was constructed more than 4500 years ago.

Saqqara is the place where Imhotep carried out a variety of technical challenges and varied buildings by him remain, and renowned for the 'Step Pyramid' which is valuable as the earliest stone monument in Egypt (and in the world) as well as a touchstone connecting to the construction of later pyramids in Giza. Saqqara is thronged with a lot of tourists.

Having been highly praised for his paramount technical capability, Imhotep had become admired as 'God' in the Ptolemaic Dynasty well-known by Cleopatra VII, the only person who became a god except for successive pharaohs. He might possibly be likened to the 'true god of an architect', not a god in a nickname.


When I visited Saqqara for other business, I was said in a hurry that I could make a field trip to Imhotep's challenging group of buildings. Not by my digital camera but by high-class (= complex) one borrowed from the accompanied expert in the Egyptology (ex-director of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo), I should have take a picture, hence the quality of photographs are terrible, however I thought that this was the only material for bringing the story of the 'genuine' and the 'true' to a conclusion for a time being.

Pictures restored by exquisite techniques, dinosaur's skeletons skillfully joined together with wires, ancient potteries the whole shape of which are made up by supplementing missed parts with plaster, palaces reconstructed fully utilizing modern technologies, they are usually called the 'genuine'. While, pictures, which were drawn to the limits of one's strength either for money or because of falling love with the original painter and hardly distinguished from the 'genuine', are treated as a 'forgery'.

Old age picture postcards or monochrome films colored by computer graphic process as well as mechanical devices which can fully function as the 'genuine' if they are made in their sizes from first, but once they become a 1/10 model of the original, all of their values are reduced as the 'forgery'.

The 'genuine' and the 'forgery' are probably distinguished in the intention or position of having made them without any relation to the level or function of their finishing.
Mr. Seigow Matsuoka, one of my love and respect friends, has long been proposing the concept 'editoreality', a smart compound word combined [editorial' and 'reality' together.

As an allegory he once told me the following story;
On way back to one's home, one saw a 'burning fire scene', however not at the time one directly saw the fire but at the time one firstly realized that the disaster was so serious after turning on a TV and looking at 'the news of fire' reporting the location and the size of the fire as well as the cause and the damage, that is to say, we often realize 'the reality = the true' after it is 'reported = edited'.

In the world of elementary particles there exists a well-known 'problem of observation' that the 'true' state of objects is changed instantaneously when we observe them. There may lie a considerably ambiguous sphere in the process of recognizing the 'true' by observing the 'genuine'.

Knowledgeable persons know the episode that the dictator Stalin who reigned over the age of Soviet had succesively produced a new 'original = true' photograph by diminishing a purged person one-by-one from photographs by utilizing very patient techniques and then publicized them as 'the real records = the true'.

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