Pyramid at Meidum (Ahramat Maydum, Egypt) : Detail of the upper west face

Creator:
unknown (Egyptian (ancient)
Published/Created:
Ahramat Maydum, Upper Egypt, Egypt
ca. 2600-2551 BCE
Date Depicted:
8/18/2003
8000 BC - 499 AD
Materials:
stone
Notes:
Site of the first true pyramid in ancient Egypt. Maidum was first excavated by Flinders Petrie in 1891; it lies on the west bank of the Nile, 75 km south of Cairo. The pyramid was probably started by King Huni (reigned ca. 2600-ca. 2575 BCE) and completed by his successor, Sneferu (reigned ca. 2575-ca. 2551 BCE). It was originally conceived as a many-tiered structure, much like the earlier Step Pyramid of Djoser (reigned ca. 2630-ca.2611 BCE) at Saqqara. The design was subsequently changed to that of a true pyramid when the steps were filled in and the sides were evenly cased with limestone. Although portions of these angled sides still remain around the base of the pyramid, all that can be seen on the site today are some of the original steps, making the whole appear as a tower set on a hill formed of the fallen stone debris covered in sand.
Variant Titles:
Pyramid at Maidum
Topics:
Architecture -- Egypt -- (YVRC)
Period/Style:
4th Dynasty
Old Kingdom
Culture:
Egyptian (ancient)
Accession Number:
1A3-EG-MP-B1
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; Egypt--Religion construction built works; funerary structures; tombs; pyramids (tombs)
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:
10114905
PID:
digcoll:1859591