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Barbelo Wrote:
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> I'm surprised that this image of the palace facade
> sarcophagus hasn't inspired any debate as to why
> there was such a departure from the pure aesthetic
> of the Great Pyramid coffer to a foreign style
> unless the dearly departed was perhaps from that
> culture.

The palace facade building depicted on this sarcophagus was typical in the OK apparently after Khufu. This OP may interest you: Mesopotamian Origin of the Egyptian Serekh Palace Facade Building. Whether depicted on a sarcophagus or not, this building, or its archetype, is revered since the beginnings of Dynastic Egypt and for long after the OK. For example, on the interior of Unas's pyramid:


Of note, however, is that his sarcophagus, unlike many others of the period and before, though akin to Khufu and Khafre with no decoration, does not have the PF building on it:

I find this quite interesting. It was so important to paint it all over the walls, but not important enough to make the sarcophagus that way despite the fact it was otherwise normal to do so.

Wood sarcophagi in the 2nd Dynasty and earlier were commonly made in a palace facade design. Note the curved lid typical of later stone counterparts:


If we take an inventory of all stone sarcophagi found from the 3rd Dynasty through the OK, it appears that beginning sometime shortly after Khufu this not only became the norm for sarcophagi, but they were in general quite obsessed with this old building in one form or another. I think this means something just as it means something when an OK pharoah's sarcophagi, like Khufu and Khafre, do not have the PF building.

A thought I have had that I have still not quite worked out yet, as discussed before, is that Djedefre appears to have rekindled the whole boat burying meme, a practice apparently abandoned in the 2nd Dynasty if not before, and first seen in the 1st Dynasty. The serekh features a PF building, I believe it is one and the same as those depicted on later sarcophagi ect, and is the very symbol of archaic Dynastic kingship from Dynasty 0. Taking accepted chronology at face value, Djedefre revitalizes boat burying and it is also with his reign, apparently, that the PF building is incorporated into sarcophagi and becomes a common artistic meme in general-both clear revivalist reverences to the archaic Dynastic period.

Why? What happened at this time that prompted this revivalist veneration of these early icons and practices? It is also at the beginning of the 4th Dynasty that the cartouche is invented and the serekh transitioned away from (though it is still used in some cases) which no longer incorporates the PF building and its associated symbolism which is quite important. My monkey brain is still working it out but no doubt this is all quite important to the continuing tale of the OK.

> This may tie in with the reversion to the mastaba
> after perfecting the pyramid as evidenced in the
> Big Two. The Pyramid of Menkaure somehow seems not
> to fit the pattern. Maybe Shepsekaf who had his
> finger in a couple of pies wasn't who he was said
> to be.

Shepseskaf is an interesting fellow.



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 29-Oct-17 02:06 by Thanos5150.

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Mastaba of Shepsekaf 1531 Thanos5150 25-Oct-17 04:25
Quite the Mastaba...looks like walls can talk ;) 294 Racho 25-Oct-17 06:11
Re: Quite the Mastaba...looks like walls can talk ;) 233 Thanos5150 26-Oct-17 02:26
Why adapted/adopted 207 Racho 31-Oct-17 07:44
Re: Why adapted/adopted 337 Jon Ellison 31-Oct-17 09:25
Re: Quite the Mastaba...looks like walls can talk ;) 246 Barbelo 26-Oct-17 03:57
Gables v Arch 191 Barbelo 26-Oct-17 03:47
Re: Gables v Arch 212 Thanos5150 26-Oct-17 04:47
Re: Gables v Arch 202 Barbelo 26-Oct-17 05:12
Re: Gables v Arch 179 Thanos5150 26-Oct-17 05:39
Re: Gables v Arch 248 Barbelo 26-Oct-17 06:49
An Interesting Curve 219 Jon Ellison 26-Oct-17 23:20
Re: Gables v Arch 177 Thanos5150 27-Oct-17 00:34
Re: Gables v Arch 173 Barbelo 27-Oct-17 01:19
Re: Gables v Arch 178 Jon Ellison 27-Oct-17 01:36
Re: Gables v Arch 184 Jon Ellison 27-Oct-17 01:49
Re: Gables v Arch 169 Barbelo 27-Oct-17 02:05
Re: Gables v Arch 170 Jon Ellison 27-Oct-17 02:17
Re: Gables v Arch 180 Barbelo 27-Oct-17 02:27
Re: Gables v Arch 172 Jon Ellison 27-Oct-17 03:40
Re: Gables v Arch 179 Barbelo 27-Oct-17 05:22
Re: Gables v Arch 176 Jon Ellison 27-Oct-17 06:45
Gables v Arch vs Truss 214 Dr. Troglodyte 27-Oct-17 19:33
Re: Gables v Arch vs Truss 195 Jon Ellison 27-Oct-17 20:50
Re: Gables v Arch vs Truss 159 Jon Ellison 27-Oct-17 21:20
Re: Gables v Arch vs Truss 164 Jon Ellison 27-Oct-17 21:53
Re: Gables v Arch vs Truss 304 Dr. Troglodyte 27-Oct-17 22:47
Re: Gables v Arch vs Truss 172 Jon Ellison 28-Oct-17 07:34
Re: Gables v Arch vs Truss 351 Jon Ellison 28-Oct-17 07:53
Re: Gables v Arch vs Truss 190 Dr. Troglodyte 28-Oct-17 16:08
Re: Gables v Arch vs Truss 236 Jon Ellison 28-Oct-17 18:13
Re: Gables v Arch vs Truss 173 Dr. Troglodyte 28-Oct-17 16:07
Re: Gables v Arch 186 Thanos5150 27-Oct-17 21:40
Re: Gables v Arch 204 Origyptian 27-Oct-17 22:40
Re: Gables v Arch 242 Barbelo 28-Oct-17 00:01
Re: Gables v Arch 241 Origyptian 28-Oct-17 10:03
Re: Gables v Arch 202 Barbelo 28-Oct-17 10:56
Re: Gables v Arch 334 Origyptian 28-Oct-17 13:30
Re: Gables v Arch 166 Barbelo 28-Oct-17 19:57
Re: Gables v Arch 168 Origyptian 28-Oct-17 22:45
Re: Gables v Arch 173 Barbelo 28-Oct-17 23:05
Re: Gables v Arch 183 R Avry Wilson 28-Oct-17 23:48
Re: Gables v Arch 221 Corpuscles 29-Oct-17 00:51
Re: Gables v Arch 213 Origyptian 29-Oct-17 05:19
Re: Mastaba of Shepsekaf 228 Origyptian 27-Oct-17 02:31
Re: Mastaba of Shepsekaf 200 Thanos5150 27-Oct-17 22:18
Re: Mastaba of Shepsekaf 171 Origyptian 27-Oct-17 22:50
Re: Mastaba of Shepsekaf 178 Thanos5150 27-Oct-17 23:46
Re: Mastaba of Shepsekaf 281 DUNE 27-Oct-17 07:58
Re: Mastaba of Shepsekaf 176 Thanos5150 27-Oct-17 22:04
Re: Mastaba of Shepsekaf 178 DUNE 27-Oct-17 23:08
Re: Mastaba of Shepsekaf 370 Thanos5150 28-Oct-17 02:34
Re: Mastaba of Shepsekaf 317 Corpuscles 28-Oct-17 04:43
Re: Mastaba of Shepsekaf 183 Barbelo 28-Oct-17 20:06
Re: Mastaba of Shepsekaf 254 Thanos5150 29-Oct-17 02:03
Re: Mastaba of Shepsekaf 217 Origyptian 29-Oct-17 05:16
Re: Mastaba of Shepsekaf 322 Thanos5150 29-Oct-17 05:39
Re: Mastaba of Shepsekaf 254 Origyptian 29-Oct-17 14:09
Re: Mastaba of Shepsekaf 213 Thanos5150 29-Oct-17 16:39
Re: Mastaba of Shepsekaf 240 Origyptian 29-Oct-17 16:56
Re: Mastaba of Shepsekaf 195 Thanos5150 28-Oct-17 16:00
Re: Mastaba of Shepsekaf 185 Barbelo 28-Oct-17 20:26


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