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Art History I Stokstad, Chapter Three: Images Christine Tate, Ph.D. Palette of Narmer Early Dynastic Period c.2950-2775 B.C.E. Green schist (25") Great Pyramids at Giza (Menkaure, Khafre, Khufu) with The Great Sphinx Dynasty 4, Old Kingdom c.2575-2450 B.C.E. Granite and Limestone (Khufu’s=450', was 480' 48 stories) Khafre's Ka Statue Dynasty 4, Old Kingdom c.2520-2494 B.C.E. Anorthosite gneiss (5’6") Ti Watching a Hippopotamus Hunt (Tomb of Ti, Saqqara) Dynasty 5, Old Kingdom c.2450-2325 B.C.E. Painted limestone relief (45") Akhenaten and His Family Dynasty 18, New Kingdom c.1353-1336 B.C.E. Painted limestone relief (12" x 15”) Sphinx of Hatshepsut Dynasty 18, New Kingdom c.1473-1458 B.C.E. Red granite with traces of paint (11’3" x 5’4.5”)
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Unformatted text preview: This colossal sphinx portrays the female pharaoh Hatshepsut with the body of a lion and a human head wearing a nemes headcloth and royal beard. The use of the sphinx to represent the king dates back to the Old Kingdom and the Great Sphinx of Giza. The sculptor has carefully observed the powerful muscles of the lion as contrasted to the handsome and attractive idealized face of the queen. It was one of six royal sphinxes that lined the processional way leading to the queen's mortuary temple at Deir el-Bahri. Recovered by the Museum's Egyptian Expedition, it was found smashed into many fragments and buried in pits near the temple. It weighs more than seven tons. http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/kqae/ho_31.3.166.htm#...
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