pyramid of the necropolis

blue-green glazed faience amulet of the Eye Goddess, the “Eye of Ra”, represented winged, lioness-headed and wearing the Solar disk with the uraeus; the wings bend sharply downward, and on each arm is an uraeus with horns and the Solar disk.
From the Pyramid (pyramid 51) of a Queen of King Piankhy (ca. 743–712 BCE), Royal Necropolis of Napata, Kush (Nubia). Now in the Museum of Fine Arts of Boston…..

A pyramid (from Greek: πυραμίς pyramis) is a structure whose outer surfaces are triangular and converge to a single point at the top. The base can be trilateral, quadrilateral, or any polygon shape. As such, a pyramid has at least 3 outer triangular surfaces and at least 4 faces including the base. The square pyramid with square base and 4 triangular outer surfaces is a common version. The design with the majority of the weight closer to the ground and the pyramidion on top means that less material higher up will be pushing down. This weight distribution allowed early civilizations to create stable monumental structures. It has been demonstrated that the common shape of the pyramids of antiquity, from Egypt to Central America, represents a dry-stone construction that requires minimum human work.

Pyramids have been built by civilizations in many parts of the world. The largest by volume is the Great Pyramid of Cholula in Mexico. For thousands of years, the largest structures on Earth were pyramids—first the Red Pyramid in the Dashur Necropolis, then the Great Pyramid of Khufu, both in Egypt - the latter is the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still remaining.

Khufu is built mainly of limestone, with large red granite blocks used in some interior chambers. It is considered an architectural masterpiece and contains over 2,000,000 blocks ranging from 2.5 to 15 tons. It is built on a square base with sides measuring about 230 m, covering 13 acres. Its 4 sides face the 4 cardinal points precisely; it has an angle of 52 degrees. Its original height was 146.5 m, but today it is only 137 m due to theft of the fine quality white Tura limestone covering for construction in Cairo. It is still the tallest.

Apparently I’m not doing enough art this summer so here’s some art. In fact, it’s my first digital painting I’ve made since I got my tablet. Wish I would have done this sooner, it was fun. The video for it will be on Youtube later this week. Hope you guys enjoy the art…

detail from the gold armlet of Queen/Kandake Amanishaketo (I century BCE) from Her Pyramid (N6) in the northern Royal Necropolis of Meroë (Sudan); now in the Neues Museum of Berlin…
The Eye Goddess, the “Eye of Ra”, wearing the Double Crown, with four wings and four arms (holding the ‘Ankh’-signs), standing on a lotus flower.
On the top, a row of Uraei wearing the Solar disk