2575-2134 BCE – Old Kingdom Art

Great Pyramids, Gizeh, Egypt, Fourth Dynasty.  From left: pyramids of Menkaure, ca. 2490-2472 BCE; Khafre, ca. 2520-2494 BCE; and Khufu, ca. 2551-2528 BCE.

Great Sphinx, Gizeh, Egypt, Fourth Dynasty, ca. 2520-2494 BCE.  Sandstone, 65′ X 240′.

Khafre enthroned, from Gizeh, Egypt, Fourth Dynasty, ca. 2520-2494 BCE.  Diorite, 5′ 6″ high.  Egyptian Museum, Cairo.

Menkaure and Khamerernebty(?), from Gizeh, Egypt, Fourth Dynasty, ca. 2490-2472 BCE.  Graywacke, 4′ 6 1/2″ high.  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Seated scribe, from Saqqara, Egypt, Fourth Dynasty, ca. 2500 BCE.  Painted limestone, 1′ 9″ high.  Musée du Louvre, Paris.

Portrait statue of Ka-Aper, from his mastaba at Saqqara, Egypt, Fifth Dynasty, ca. 2450-2350 BCE.  Wood with rock crystal eyes, 3′ 7 1/4″ high.  Egyptian Museum, Cairo.

Ti watching a hippopotamus hunt, relief in the mastaba of Ti, Saqqara, Egypt, Fourth Dynasty, ca. 2450-2350 BCE.  Painted limestone, 4′ high.

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