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ArmchairObserver wrote:
>
> Here's a question for you, Gerd. Say the Sphinx was built at
> 2500 BC. I remember seeing the Sphinx for the first time
> when I was a child and I thought it was wonderful and
> amazing. The thing that I couldn't understand as a child was
> why would the pharaoh who purportedly built it would have
> such a nicely sculpted head on top of such a disfigured
> body. I wasn't questioning the choice of body shape in the
> least. I was questioning the quality of the workmanship.
> When I showed my 7 year old son a picture of the Sphinx, he
> asked the same questions. Nice head, yucky mess for a body.
> It doesn't take an expert or even an adult to look at the
> Sphinx and realize that the head and the body just don't look
> like they go together. Just ask my 7 year old.
>
> So, my question is...what's the deal then? Are there any
> records of Khafre canning the sculptors on the spot for doing
> such a poor job? I know erosion is one part of your
> forthcoming answer but I question it. After all, the head
> was more subject to the elements than the body, which was
> buried most of the time. The differences in quality between
> the head and the body are extreme...


The body of the Sphinx has been buried several centuries longer than the head, yet the head is in better condition than the body. Some geologists say this is due to the upper layer of sandstone being of a better quality than the lower layers that make up the Sphinx' body. While it may be true that the head is of a more weather resistant stone than the body it doesn't fully explain how the head could have survived with most of its features intact while the stratified body, as one ancient grafitti writer put it, resembles a loop of yarn.

One of the reasons why the head is in comparatively good condition, imo, is that it has been maintained with paint and or varnish well into the Middle Ages. This is confirmed by several of the Arab writers of that period. One of these writers, whose name I don't have handy at the moment, (Latif?)recorded that the head was coated in a varnish that appeared as though it had just been applied. Pliny also said that, in his day, the head was red 'from veneration'. Which was his way of saying someone had been taking care of it.

I have yet to see any geologist, or egyptologist, take this fact into account when attempting to verify the age the Sphinx. Yet it is undeniable that the head was painted and and maintained well into the Middle Ages. How can this fact be ignored in the dating process?

Bent

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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 260 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 272 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 221 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.. 262 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 258 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 237 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 258 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 215 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? 222 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 244 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* 244 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.. 232 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 246 G. VDC 12-Jan-04 05:56
Re: Original Thinking and Common Sense 203 G. VDC 12-Jan-04 05:58
Mr West... 243 Cynnara 09-Jan-04 16:16
Re: Mr West... 229 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... 266 Cynnara 10-Jan-04 00:14
Re: Mr West... 234 Laird Scranton 10-Jan-04 05:10
Re: Mr West... 214 Archae Solenhofen 10-Jan-04 06:03
Re: Mr West... 226 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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