> As you would be aware Martin..., the pharoahs of egypt had a
> proclivity for having their likeness replcated in various art
> forms often on the grandest scale.
> Is it not strange that the only supposed likeness of this
> mightiest of pharoah builders is a tiny bauble found at abydos
> with his name supposedly scaratched upon it?
Not if he was hated. Petrie described finding, in the spoil heaps at Giza, fragments of statuary, seemingly broken in a frenzy. There seems to have been famine and unrest at the end of the Old Kingdom. Superstitious belief in pharaoh notwithstanding, revolutionaries probably appeared and directed the masses to obliterate all traces of the despots. Later pharaohs robbed Old Kingdom sites with apparent alacrity and the Arabs did the rest : Khufu's reliefs ended up in a lime kiln.
It is a bit far fetched to imagine that Herodotus' informants preserved folk gossip going back 2000 years about how the megalomaniac Khufu had forced the masses to build his pile of stones, but i doubt that 'the masses' thoroughly enjoyed pounding and dragging stone for the stone masons, whether at the call of atlantean or pharaonic masters. One must be cautious in accepting the declarations of state propaganda (and even more careful when encountering vague references to a (characteristically mythological) 'first time').
Some material did escape the iconoclasts : statues of Khafre and Menkaure found in the rubble of their valley temples. Unfortunately the siting of Khufu's valley temple was such that it was probably stripped at an early date. There is a possibility however that future excavation of this site might yield iconography.
Khufu's architectural antecedents were Dashur, Meidum, back to the step pyramids, with a clear evolution in building methods. It essentially this that places Khufu in the fourth dynasty.