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"What is so hard about carving something? I takes no great brain power nor resources to complete such a task. It is a very simple thing to do, i.e. chip away at stone. If you think it takes advanced 'whatever', then you are obligated to describe the details of what you think it would entail. But I'm sure you recognize this as a leading request because we already know there's no point. There is no technology - let alone 'advanced' - in 'Hey, let's carve a big lion'."

While I agree that Sculpting the Sphinx didn't require drawing on overly sophisticated technology, there are aspects of civilisation to be considered.

Obviously the people involved in the project had to be fed housed and compensated. This in itself is indication of a society that has, at the very least, achieved some degree of organisation and resource sharing.




But where I really beg to differ is..."It is a very simple thing to do, i.e. chip away at stone"

Please! if you think that achieving balance in three dimensional work(ie you can't put any stone back) is easy you have another thing coming.

As a Proffessional Totem Pole Carver, trained in the techniques of the Haida, Kwakuitl, and Tlingit of the North West Coast of NA, I can opine that you believe that it is easy.

Would it be unproffessional for me to ask that, to some degree, you take my word for it that maintaining balance and proportion in a sculpture of the scale of the Sphinx is indicative of a tradition of art that could only be the result of some degree of sophistication in the society that produced the artists.

AND!!!

Let's not forget the tools required.

Can we agree that the Sphinx was made using copper tools?

Where did the copper come from?

How was it smelted?


I could go on but I think my point has been lodged sufficiently.

Please note that I have in no way made any statement regarding when I think the Sphinx was carved, only that, IMHO it was a lot closer to 2500 BC than 10,500 BC. . . based on my opinion as a Sculptor.


Warwick L Nixon

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To John A West: I Honorably Object 510 R Avry Wilson 08-Jan-04 07:27
Re: To John A West: I Honorably Object 271 Dyrham 08-Jan-04 12:09
Re: To John A West: I Honorably Object 280 R Avry Wilson 08-Jan-04 12:27
Yes and No 259 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 15:29
Re: Yes and No 258 lobo-hotei 08-Jan-04 16:20
exactly! 289 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 16:44
Re: exactly! 282 Elizabeth Newton 09-Jan-04 01:31
Re: exactly! 264 G. VDC 09-Jan-04 08:34
that's a big help ...NOT!~ 237 W. L. Nixon 10-Jan-04 15:46
Re: that's a big help ...NOT!~ 273 Elizabeth Newton 11-Jan-04 05:07
I'll try again 271 W. L. Nixon 11-Jan-04 15:33
Re: I'll try again 202 Elizabeth Newton 11-Jan-04 15:57
Re: I'll try again 247 W. L. Nixon 11-Jan-04 16:19
Re: I'll try again 210 Elizabeth Newton 11-Jan-04 16:29
Re: exactly! 234 Cynnara 09-Jan-04 12:44
Re: To John A West: I Honorably Object 248 scimitar 08-Jan-04 16:46
Re: To John A West: I Honorably Object 220 rubberdown 08-Jan-04 12:28
Re: To John A West: I Honorably Object 234 R Avry Wilson 08-Jan-04 12:31
Re: To John A West: I Honorably Object 269 cardinal guzman 08-Jan-04 13:04
Re: To John A West: I Honorably Object 211 Dyrham 09-Jan-04 18:04
Re: To John A West: I Honorably Object 264 SunSword 09-Jan-04 19:29
On the way to the park 280 j_bowles 08-Jan-04 14:44
Re: To John A West: I Honorably Object 330 scimitar 08-Jan-04 16:20
An apology? Where? 280 G. VDC 08-Jan-04 16:33
I can only opine that... 246 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 16:56
Re: I can only opine that... 227 G. VDC 08-Jan-04 17:00
The Bludgeon of Ludicrous Wit... 256 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 17:20
Re: The Bludgeon of Ludicrous Wit... 256 G. VDC 08-Jan-04 17:23
Re: The Bludgeon of Ludicrous Wit... 252 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 17:31
Re: An apology? Where? 256 ArmchairObserver 08-Jan-04 17:01
You are ignoring.. 261 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 17:07
Re: You are ignoring.. 227 ArmchairObserver 08-Jan-04 22:38
hard to believe 244 j_bowles 08-Jan-04 23:04
Re: hard to believe 220 G. VDC 09-Jan-04 08:28
Re: hard to believe 257 mephisto 09-Jan-04 12:34
Re: hard to believe 235 G. VDC 09-Jan-04 12:36
Re: hard to believe 244 mephisto 09-Jan-04 12:39
Re: hard to believe 232 ArmchairObserver 09-Jan-04 18:00
in this thread 236 W. L. Nixon 10-Jan-04 15:54
Re: An apology? Where? 216 G. VDC 08-Jan-04 17:20
Re: An apology? Where? 229 ArmchairObserver 08-Jan-04 22:39
Re: An apology? Where? 241 G. VDC 09-Jan-04 08:26
Re: An apology? Where? 280 ArmchairObserver 09-Jan-04 18:05
Re: An apology? Where? 287 Bent 08-Jan-04 17:42
Re: An apology? Where? 254 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 17:48
Re: An apology? Where? 247 G. VDC 08-Jan-04 17:53
clarification 257 G. VDC 08-Jan-04 17:57
Warwick & Gerd......... 253 Bent 08-Jan-04 19:17
Bent 270 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 19:46
Re: Bent 223 Bent 08-Jan-04 19:56
Re: Bent 261 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 20:23
Re: Bent 244 Bent 08-Jan-04 20:26
Re: Bent 247 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 20:32
Re: Bent 214 G. VDC 09-Jan-04 08:25
Re: Bent 214 W. L. Nixon 10-Jan-04 15:56
Re: Bent 242 G. VDC 10-Jan-04 16:13
Re: An apology? Where? 219 lobo-hotei 08-Jan-04 18:16
Lobo... 229 Bent 08-Jan-04 18:31
Re: An apology? Where? 221 Jaimi 08-Jan-04 23:59
And the body faced east 211 j_bowles 08-Jan-04 16:53
Re: And the body faced east 189 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 17:03
Re: And the body faced east 223 j_bowles 08-Jan-04 18:21
Hold on a minute 243 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 18:32
Re: The Measured Sphinx 266 JDMilller 08-Jan-04 18:31
Re: The Measured Sphinx 232 G. VDC 08-Jan-04 18:38
I'll try! 247 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 18:46
*GRINS* 234 G. VDC 08-Jan-04 18:53
Re: *GRINS* 243 Cynnara 09-Jan-04 12:43
Re: The Measured Sphinx 250 cardinal guzman 09-Jan-04 00:17
Re: The Measured Sphinx 227 G. VDC 09-Jan-04 08:20
Re: The Measured Sphinx 271 ArmchairObserver 08-Jan-04 22:54
Great example of the fluff JAW was complaining about 242 Laird Scranton 08-Jan-04 23:09
Re: To John A West: I Honorably Object 195 Diomede 09-Jan-04 00:50
The Sakkara Tombs 275 G. VDC 09-Jan-04 12:34
G.VDC Some Questions for you to answer directly please 246 Thirdwave 09-Jan-04 15:43
Re: G.VDC Some Questions for you to answer directly please 261 G. VDC 09-Jan-04 17:03
Re: G.VDC Some Questions for you to answer directly please 218 Thirdwave 09-Jan-04 20:55
Re: G.VDC Some Questions for you to answer directly please 249 G. VDC 10-Jan-04 14:33
Original Thinking and Common Sense 235 Thirdwave 10-Jan-04 17:32
can we please.. 259 W. L. Nixon 10-Jan-04 17:40
Walk this way ..... 220 Thirdwave 10-Jan-04 17:53
Re: Walk this way ..... 231 W. L. Nixon 10-Jan-04 17:58
Oh deary dear ! 236 Thirdwave 10-Jan-04 18:10
the Topic is.. 231 W. L. Nixon 10-Jan-04 18:41
Re: the Topic is.. 237 Thirdwave 10-Jan-04 18:48
Re: Original Thinking and Common Sense 280 Greg Reeder 10-Jan-04 19:49
nonsense reigns 236 j_bowles 10-Jan-04 20:02
Re: Original Thinking and Common Sense 280 Thirdwave 10-Jan-04 20:07
Re: Original Thinking and Common Sense 283 R Avry Wilson 11-Jan-04 08:03
are you saying... 281 W. L. Nixon 11-Jan-04 15:40
Re: Original Thinking and Common Sense 281 G. VDC 11-Jan-04 13:18
Re: Original Thinking and Common Sense 232 Laird Scranton 11-Jan-04 16:00
Re: Original Thinking and Common Sense 268 Greg Reeder 12-Jan-04 03:32
Re: Original Thinking and Common Sense 245 G. VDC 12-Jan-04 05:56
Re: Original Thinking and Common Sense 202 G. VDC 12-Jan-04 05:58
Mr West... 243 Cynnara 09-Jan-04 16:16
Re: Mr West... 228 Laird Scranton 09-Jan-04 19:47
Re: Mr West... 246 Cynnara 09-Jan-04 23:37
Re: Mr West... 229 Laird Scranton 09-Jan-04 23:45
Re: Mr West... 265 Cynnara 10-Jan-04 00:14
Re: Mr West... 234 Laird Scranton 10-Jan-04 05:10
Re: Mr West... 213 Archae Solenhofen 10-Jan-04 06:03
Re: Mr West... 225 Laird Scranton 10-Jan-04 16:32
I could be wrong but... 227 W. L. Nixon 10-Jan-04 16:46
Re: Mr West... 232 Archae Solenhofen 10-Jan-04 19:33
Archae...... 263 Bent 10-Jan-04 20:11
Re: Mr West... 302 Cynnara 10-Jan-04 12:26
Re: Mr West... 234 Archae Solenhofen 10-Jan-04 06:00
Re: Mr West... 254 Laird Scranton 10-Jan-04 16:35
Re: Mr West... 253 Archae Solenhofen 10-Jan-04 19:36
Re: Mr West... 237 Laird Scranton 11-Jan-04 00:08
Re: Mr West... 220 W. L. Nixon 11-Jan-04 16:59
Re: Mr West... 205 Archae Solenhofen 12-Jan-04 06:30
Episode 3 of JAW's Magical Tour 213 Atlantida 09-Jan-04 20:59


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