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PostPosted: 15-09-2011 18:26    Post subject: What did they look like? Reply with quote

I know what the great pyramids were supposed to look like from reading about it. They were covered in polished white stone and had some sort of caps that were gold mixed with silver. One smaller pyramid was supposed to have been pink. Nice. Just now I felt that I would love to see a picture of how they looked like. Surely there must e thousands of people out there that like pyramids, have an artistic streak or are good with PSPro to give me something to look at. A short video would even be better.
Imagine my amazement when after entering many different searches, there were only two half arsed images showing what I wanted to see. One that looked like someone's not very good painting and the other looked like bad CGI.

Am I stupid? I tried:

'What did the pyramids originally look like'
'What did the pyramids look like new'
'What did the pyramids look like when they were built'

I expected 1000s of images, from naive paintings and new age stuff, to elaborate computer graphics.
All I want is to get a feel of what it was like when they were new and shiny, but whilst everyone is going on about who build them or how, nobody seems interested in the end product.

That was a long winded question to ask if anyone knows any good links to the original pyramid look?

I mean the fact that there is hardly anything out there is in itself quite a mystery. Unless I am useless at finding stuff...
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PostPosted: 15-09-2011 18:53    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is this one of the ones you found?

http://www.eyelid.co.uk/pics/Giza01.jpg
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PostPosted: 15-09-2011 18:56    Post subject: Reply with quote

... And is this the other one?

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2398/1806347347_be2db5b5a2.jpg
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PostPosted: 15-09-2011 19:25    Post subject: Reply with quote

The reason I'm asking about these two images is because a while back someone asked me how the pyramids originally appeared. I, too, attempted to locate online 'artist conception' or 'reconstruction' images, and found nothing better than these two.

I agree with your claim that it's odd there don't seem to be more available images of their original appearance (no matter how speculative ...).
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PostPosted: 15-09-2011 19:37    Post subject: Reply with quote

This seems closer to the white stone gold capped idea you mention Dingo

http://www.unmuseum.org/kpyramid.htm

I search under 7 wonders ancient world image, but maybe there's a better one out there.
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PostPosted: 17-09-2011 12:29    Post subject: Reply with quote

The two I mean were the one from EnlaGaia and the one from Cultjunkie Laughing
Thanks for the other one. Is that it though? Very strange if you ask me, they would go so well with UFOs and aliens on a poster. Wink
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PostPosted: 17-09-2011 13:23    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Dingo, I had never heard of this

I can find references for the white cladding, but not the gold top, has anyone got a link?

On a related note, I had similar trouble finding pictures of what Stonehenge might have looked like with a roof on.
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PostPosted: 17-09-2011 13:28    Post subject: Reply with quote

James_H2 wrote:
On a related note, I had similar trouble finding pictures of what Stonehenge might have looked like with a roof on.


Good point, James! Because I think Stonehenge did have a roof on it, a bit like a giant yurt.
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PostPosted: 17-09-2011 14:22    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stonehenge with roof.
http://www.puppiesandflowers.com/?p=151
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PostPosted: 17-09-2011 14:58    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes! That's pretty much how I envisaged it too.
All of that structure would have rotted away completely, and there'd be no trace of it.
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PostPosted: 17-09-2011 15:47    Post subject: Reply with quote

James_H2 wrote:

I can find references for the white cladding, but not the gold top, has anyone got a link?


The cap was covered in the gold silver alloy electrum. To be honest because of the new age stuff that sticks to the pyramids these days most of the links I found are the 'above tops secret' sort.

Also I'm sure the walls were sign written.

Found this BBC video;

http://egyptian-history.nuvvo.com/lesson/9826-building-the-great-pyramid-bbc-6-slash-6
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PostPosted: 17-09-2011 16:16    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wonder what happened to the pyramid's cap?
Even it was a very thin sheet of metal, it would still have been quite a bit of metal.
OK, so it probably got looted and melted down...are there any old artifacts made of this metal?

...or was it simply a layer of leaf metal (like gold leaf)?
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PostPosted: 17-09-2011 16:22    Post subject: Reply with quote

Electrum was I think in fairly common use in the Ancient world. I've certainly heard of examples of it being use in Roman jewelry. Maybe they knicked the caps?
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PostPosted: 17-09-2011 17:55    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pyramidion

It says they were often made of black granite and often coated in gold; very few survive.
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PostPosted: 17-09-2011 18:19    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yup, gold leaf is mentioned in that Wikipedia article.
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