Bent Pyramid (Dahshur, Egypt) : Context view looking south over desert

Creator:
unknown (Egyptian (ancient)
Published/Created:
Dahshur, Upper Egypt, Egypt
ca. 2575-2551 BCE
Date Depicted:
8/18/2003
8000 BC - 499 AD
Materials:
granite
limestone
stone
Notes:
Dahshur is the site of an ancient Egyptian necropolis consisting of Old and Middle Kingdom pyramids, on the west bank of the Nile, 75 km south of Cairo. The oldest pyramid is that of King Sneferu (reigned ca. 2575-ca. 2551 BCE), which is the first to have been designed from the start as a true pyramid. The angle of its sides was decreased halfway up, giving it a rhomboidal appearance, hence its name of Bent Pyramid. Inside the pyramid is a complicated system of corridors and portcullises, and some inner chambers have high, corbelled ceilings. Reliefs in the pyramid's valley temple depict processions of female figures representing Sneferu's estates throughout the country. The pyramid is still in very good condition, retaining most of its outer casing.
Topics:
Architecture -- Egypt -- (YVRC)
Period/Style:
4th Dynasty
Old Kingdom
Culture:
Egyptian (ancient)
Accession Number:
1A3-EG-BP-A2
Genre:
architecture (AAT)
pyramids (tombs or platforms) (AAT)
Format:
Image
Content Type:
Sculptures, Models, & Architecture
Rights:
Copyright Scott Gilchrist, Archivision, Inc
The use of this image may be subject to the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) or to site license or other rights management terms and conditions. The person using the image is liable for any infringement.
Access Restrictions:
Yale Community Only
Digital:
architectural exteriors; death or burial; rulers and leaders; Egypt--Civilization construction built works; funerary structures; tombs; pyramids (tombs); complexes; sites (locations); archaeological sites; excavations (sites)
Source Creator:
Gilchrist, Scott
Source Title:
Archivision Module One
Source Created:
2878 Chamonix, Montreal QC
Archivision, Inc.
8/18/2003
Source Note:
Purchase, Visual Resources Collection, May, 2011; photographer Scott Gilchrist
Yale Collection:
Visual Resources Collection
Digital Collection:
Visual Resources Collection
Local Record Number:
4152
OID:
10113806
PID:
digcoll:1796948