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Discussion of Sneferu and his pyramids along with the Great Pyramids. Old Kingdom Art and Architecture "Golden Age" of Old Kingdom Art. Chapter 3 84-152
Art of Pharaohs
Professor Mark Deka
Art of Egypt, Art of Pharaohs, The Great Pyramids, Art History
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Date Created: 02/17/16
February 17 Wednesday Reconstruction of the Step Pyramid Complex Cutaway View of Pyramid Stages ● mastaba ● P1 and P2 ● resting place ● cult of the pharaoh ● north and south orientation will change when Ra becomes more prominent ○ oriented east and west then ○ north and south mimics the lay of Egypt ● later won’t have a self contained courtyard/enclosure 1935 Photos of the Underground Galleries ● found thousands and thousands of stone vessels that had been taken from  tombs of earlier kings ○ wanted good spirituality/power from earlier kings ○ could have salvaged the vessels from desecrated tombs for safe  keeping The Meidum Pyramid ● Sneferu ○ most powerful kings in Egyptian history ○ built 3­6 pyramids ■ commanded lots of authority and power ● first pyramid he built ● three layers above ground ● 8 stepped mastaba at first then decided to put sloping sides on it ○ the outside fell away so we are unsure ● didn’t finish it ● burial chamber in lower part of the building ○ moved out of the ground unlike prior pyramids Meidum: Location fo the Pyramid and the Cemetery of the Nobles 3rd/5th Dynasty Remains of the Mastaba of Nefermaat and Itet ● man and wife Painted Relief of Nefermaat and Itet from their Tomb Chapel at Meidum Painted Decorations from the Chapel of the Tomb of Nefermaat and Itet from Meidum ● Nefermaat taller than everyone in the painted scene ‘Palace’ Facade of the Mastaba of Rahotop and Nofret Meidum ca. 2580 ● for prince Rahotop ● royal son but no the first son so didn’t succeed his father ● large mastaba Rahotop and Nofret ● husband and wife buried in the same mastaba ● first painted images of limestone ● statues of them  ● these are their ka sculptures ● glass eye inlays Step Pyramid Saqqara Pyramids at Dashur ● builds two pyramids ● successful foreign policy ○ visited places like Nubia to get gold and etc ● more of true pyramid shape The Bent Pyramid of Sneferu at Dashur ● still has most of it’s outer stones on it to give us an idea of the original facades of  pyramids ○ white limestone ● bent because 54 degree angle ○ very steep ○ recognized inside would be unstable or building site was on  uneven ground ○ moved angle to 43 degrees and then went to the top with it ○ 43 degrees is the angle of most pyramids nowadays ● had a burial chamber and interior ● finished but never used The Red Pyramid of Sneferu at Dashur ● successful with this one ● might have been buried here ○ found a mastaba with a beautiful granite sarcophagus ● precursor to the Great Pyramids ● only pyramid you can actually visit and go inside on your own Map of Dashur and the Pyramid Field The Bent Pyramid of the Pharaoh Sneferu, 2560 BC ● sun rises in the east ○ small chapel against the building ● small enclosure wall built around the pyramid ○ marks of the sacred area ○ connected by a causeway ■ road constructed with stone leading down to the  valley where the water is ● cult pyramid ○ small pyramid built next to the main pyramid ■ becomes common but unsure of the reason behind  it ● every pyramid capped with a feature, stone or gold Plan of the Sneferu Pyramid Complex Reconstruction of the Valley Temple ● right on edge where flood comes ● started a lot of the rituals and mummification here ○ bring body up causeway to the pyramid ● simple design ○ entranceway ○ courtyard  ○ shrines in back of building of the king Remains of the Valley Temple Image of Sneferu, 2613­2589 BC The Red Pyramid of Pharaoh Sneferu, ca. 2580BC ● 345ft tall ● 43 degree angle ● moved burial chamber up in the ground level of the building ○ had to walk down into the pyramid to get to the burial chamber ○ how does room maintain it’s shape with all the mass above it ○ room is small and simple ○ blocks laid in a corbel vault for the anti chamber to take pressure  of the structure ○ burial chamber also has corbel ceiling ○ experimenting to see how to install rooms inside the pyramids ● unsure exactly what happened to Sneferu’s body ● son Khufu ○ great pyramids ○ tallest and largest structure in the world for centuries Great Pyramids at Giza ● Khufu Pyramid ● middle is Khafre ○ Khufu’s son ● Smallest is Menkaure ● first two were completed start to finish before the pharaoh died ○ Menkaure died before his was completed ● part of the 7 wonders of the ancient world ● 490 ft was Khufu’s pyramid ○ area at the base was 14 acres ○ had a larger work force and keep them occupied for 25 or more  years ○ very organized ● Khafre’s pyramid still has its cap on it ● Khufu is described as a tyrant and oppressive ○ drove his people to death to build his pyramid ○ 15,000 people consistently working on it maybe ○ 2­3 months maybe 100,000 people for the heavy lifting ○ no modern tools ■ no wheels ■ pulled on sleds and ramps ■ might have used levers to put stones in place ● would have carved the casing stones as they moved down the finished pyramid ● 4,000 to 5,000 pound blocks  ● limestone is pure white ● cut perfectly  ○ with bronze and copper chisel ○ like a lazer cut them ○ can’t fit a knife or paper between the blocks ● had to move blocks to fast ○ a block in place every 3­4 minutes for 25 years ● working for food and rations ○ full time doctors, bakeries and towns to house the people building Cut­away View of the Great Pyramid Ivory Sculpture of Khufu ● 5in tall ● only reference we have of Khufu February 19 Friday Cut­away View of the Great Pyramid ● lower chamber under the pyramid that didn’t become the burial chamber ○ burial chamber brought up into the middle of the pyramid ○ largest stones are inside the actual burial chamber ● Two narrow shafts ○ air shafts to the surface from the burial chamber ○ directed towards Sirius and Orion along with different stars to set  up orientation of the building ● sun was creating a ramp via the pyramid for pharaohs to ascend into the sky ○ why they started with mastaba/stepped pyramid with earlier ones ● Khufu’s tomb was completely robbed ○ only ivory statue of him left ● 5 blocks of heavy granite as relief blocks above the burial chamber ○ blocks above them angled as a roof to relieve the weight on the  room ○ graffiti in between the spaces of the 5 blocks ■ also down in the lower chamber from the workers ○ had pride in their work ● sealed chambers with pulleys ○ cut a trench from the lower chamber into the grand gallery to rob  the tomb ●  Khafre still has the white cap on his pyramid Recreation of the Worker’s Village at Giza ● uncovered by current day archeologists ● lived in dormitory like structures ○ bakeries, kitchens, beds and etc ● created an artificial harbor to bring heavy stones ● doctors and surgeons ○ broken bones, cranial surgery, crush and head injuries ○ mended and sent back to work The Pyramid at Khafre ● lots of mastabas around the pyramid ○ the noble’s cemeteries ● The Sphinx ○ Represents Khafre ○ fixed him a couple years ago ○ beard knocked off and kept by British museum ○ fixed paws and strengthened his neck ○ sits at front as a guardian in front of the causeway ■ connects mortuary temple to valley temple The Great Sphinx ● network of tunnels underneath him 19th Century Photographs of the Sphinx Two Views of the Sphinx: Toward the Pyramid Aerial View with the Valley Temple of Khafre Interior Views of the Valley Temple of Khafre ● red granite pillars and walls ● white calcite floor ● no decorations ○ very geometric ● niches in the floor for sculptures ● not spacious since their building stones are so heavy Seated Khafre, Cairo Museum ● hard granite called diorite ○ used abrasion with minimal amount of carving ● Horus was right next to the kings head wrapping his wings around his head ○ youthfulness and strength being portrayed ● would have been painted ● softness to show the flesh ● boulders that were naturally shaped to be fashioned into these sculptures ● drilled in between the legs to take out the piece of stone Pyramid of Menkaure ● The smallest but would have been the finest ● Did not live to see it completed ● the bottom was all done with a reddish granite ○ he died and then it was quickly finished with limestone ● would have been gorgeous with the granite Menkaure Triad, Fourth Dynasty ● greywacke (slate) material ● Hathor and one of the nome gods ○ side by side with him ● complete free standing sculpture ○ considered a 3­D piece ○ usually has hieroglyphs on the back of it Menkaure and Queen Khameranebty, Fourth Dynasty ● unfinished at the bottom ● had to be finished quickly upon his death Head of the Pharaoh Djedefre, 2575 BC ● eyes not carved deeply ● but symmetrical Colossal Image of Menkaure ● proportions a bit off ● large sculpture ● first one to see himself as a colossal form? Table of Offerings Limestone Stele of Princess Nofretyabet, 2580 BC ● nobles buried in mud brick or rock cut tombs ● nobles add this motif into their tombs possibly near the chapel ● this one is painted Limestone ‘Reserve’ Heads, ca. 2580 BC ● short lived  ● gone by the fourth dynasty ● sometimes laid right next to the tomb ○ might be their in case the mummy is destroyed ● look half finished and never painted ○ possibly had something on their heads Seated Limestone Sculpture of Hemiunu, 2540 BC ● non idealized bodies ● he was an architect of one of the great pyramids ● body type is synonymous with success ○ scribes, administrators, vizier (right hand of the king)  Limestone Bust of the Vizier Ankhaf, ca. 2560 BC ● second highest figure in the land ● his tomb was relatively modest by royal standards ● sagging flesh around the eyes ● painted Seneb and His Family, 2530 BC ● administrative positions attached to the royal household ● fairly standard image in a tomb ○ husband, wife and kids ● kids with fingers to mouth is a poise of innocence ● Seneb is a dwarf in comparison to his wife Funerary Portraits of Nobles and Families ● fourth­Fifth Dynasty ● found at Saqqara ● shorter wig with horizontal pleats worn by men (old kingdom) ● hairstyles do change


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