Date, Source, Ludwig Borchardt: Das Grabdenkmal des Königs Sahure. Band II: Die Wandbilder, Leipzig Author, Ludwig Borchardt. More than a hundred years ago, Ludwig Borchardt (–) – who also discovered the bust of Nefertiti – excavated the pyramids of Abu Sir. The finds were. Abusir XVI: Sahure C the Pyramid Causeway: history and decoration program in the Old Kingdom–By . Sahure’s Mediterranean ships published by Borchardt.

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From Prehistory to the Islamic Conquest. See also Smithp. Sahure sent further expeditions to the mines of turquoise and copper in Sinai. It is not now possible to enter the pyramid as it is blocked by debris and rubble.

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For the lion-goddess fragment, see ibid. For the longer life of the pyramid temple of Sahure, see Borchardtpp. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

See Fischeresp. Less common was the presence of a second entrance on the southern side of the temple, apparently built after the main entrance during a second phase of construction.

The corridor walls opposite the island block were carved with magnificent relief compositions showing the king hunting in the desert cat. A long list of offerings ssahure usually shown in front of the seated king on both long walls of the chamber; rows of offering bearers moved toward the pharaoh, and there were depictions of a rich display of goods piled on tables compare cat.

Mazur, Suzan 4 October A decorated five-niched chapel would have contained cult statues of the king and from here a corridor led borchaedt the inner sanctuary or offering chapel, the cult focus of the temple. However, because of lack of space the columns and other findings from Borchardt’s excavations were not displayed before the s, when they were showcased for the first time in the old stables of the Sahjre Palace. The walls of the courtyard, made of Tura limestone, were adorned with fine reliefs showing Sahure’s victories against Asiatics and Libyans, as well as prisoners and other spoils from the battles.

The temple had a second borchardr on the eastern side, also with a portico, though the reason for two separate entrances is unknown.


Breasted, James Henry borcardt However, as the outer casing of pyramid fell victim to stone robbers throughout the millennia, the loosely assembled core material was progressively exposed and fared much worse over time than that of the 4th dynasty pyramids.

However, it is known today that preceding Egyptian kings had a high seas navy too, in particular Khufu during whose reign the oldest known harbor, Wadi al-Jarfon the Red Sea was operating. A classic example of such a composition, which comes from the pyramid temple of King Pepi II at Saqqara fig.

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This is best attested by the “Karnak king list”, a list of royal ancestors inscribed on the walls of the Karnak temple during the reign of Thutmose III of the 18th Dynasty. Little is known about the king, Shepseskare, who is documented in the Saqqara king-list as the predecessor of Neferefre whose pyramid is in South Abusir. For another relevant example of the combination of a large figure and several registers of smaller ones conceivably of the time of Khufu, see Goedickepp.

Urkunden des Alten Reichs. Online catalog of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Almost as old and almost as large are the pyramids of Abu Sir, which lie within sight of Giza, at the edge of the desert. Sahure chose to construct his pyramid complex in Abusirthereby abandoning both Saqqara and Gizawhich had been the royal necropolises up to that time.

The majority of Sahure’s activities in Egypt recorded in the Palermo stone are religious in nature. Another important limestone block shows Sahure cultivating a Myrrh tree in what is probably the garden of his palace. From early on, single and double figures appeared on relief slabs set into niches cat. The Royal Navigation Fleet of Sahurein: Al-Ahram Center for Scientific Translations.

The hall comprised a staircase access to a roof terrace and led westward to the causeway. I The First to the Seventeenth Dynasties. See especially Smithpp. This chapel had an alabaster floor, a dado of pink granite and splendidly decorated limestone walls, with the exception of the niches in the west wall and the dado. Sahure is shown celebrating the success of this venture in a relief from his mortuary temple which shows him tending a myrrh tree in the garden of his palace named ” Sahure’s splendor soars up to heaven “.


The relief is now in the Agyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Berlin, These columns were carved so as to resemble the trunk and crown of a palm tree, which was regarded as a fertility and eternity symbol. I want to thank Dieter Arnold for undertaking these calculations. Ricke ; Rickepp. The focus of the chapel was a false doora roughly worked granite slab that would have given Sahure’s spirit access to the food offerings made for him according to ancient Egyptian beliefs.

The gallery accessible from the northern niche consisted of 10 rooms which housed the cultic objects used for the rituals carried out in the mortuary temple. Each increase in available wall space must have spurred the relief designers to create yet more elaborate scenes, and each new pictorial elaboration must have been a challenge to the architects to provide more space.

A ramp led from the canal to the main porticoed entrance and a T-shaped hall with two pillars, from which a staircase ascended to the roof terrace. Translated by Steven Rendall. The reconstructions reveal that by the late Sixth Dynasty royal relief design had undergone a striking change. The following royal names are attested on these blocks: Retrieved February 13, He also possibly ordered military campaigns against Libyan chieftains in the Western Desert, bringing back livestock to Egypt.

In the register at the very top an evenly spaced row of standard-bearers advances toward the king on the right.

This building has usually been called a valley temple since Fakhry b, passim identified it as such. As a deceased king, Sahure continued to receive religious offerings during the New Kingdom. In addition to the units of stationary single and double figures and the progressions of rows of figures, Egyptian relief art had another sahhre scheme: Verner, Miroslav; Zemina, Milan Wikimedia Commons has media related to Pyramid of Sahure.