Architecture: Introduction to the History and Theory of the by W. R. Lethaby

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That is, it had a sort of These knobs are prob" " of lanterns on domes ably the far-off originals It should be noticed that these 14). (cf. Fig. granary domes were not spherical, but semi- eggshaped. At Daphne Sir Flinders Petrie explored the ruins FIG. 13. C. All that remained was a square mass of brick-work about 1 " 60 the interior was an irregular i}uare T of thick walls, forming cells about gridiron feet ; ten to sixteen feet wide. " ; In answer to an inquiry, Sir Flinders Petrie was " kind enough to tell me further : Egyptian doming of construction chambers is irregular, the sides 54 EGYPTIAN BtllLBING contracting inwards while the corner increasingly rounds.

Perrot gives an interesting example of a builder's to disguise irregularity. The two obelisks before the temple at Luxor were of different heights owing to some accident ; one is 85 feet " To hide this difference high, the other 78 feet. " Such simple modifications show great mastery over effects which modern people find it very difficult A little humouring of this sort would to apply. have made Watts* fine statue in Kensington Gardens seem to stand at the centre of the radiating paths, but the problem was beyond our powers.

In his recent re- examination of the base of this pyramid he found 36 EGYPTIAN MONUMENTS many of these stones marked with a rough sketch of a stepped pyramid. " The method followed at Sakkara and Meydum of building in inclined coatings seems to be a reasonable one for the erection of pyramids proper, for was followed it later at Abousir and Lisht. The angle made by the casing of the completed pyramid of Meydum resulted in giving a ratio, between the sum that of the four sides and the height, of 44 to 7 nearly the ratio of the radius and the cir- is, The Great Pyramid of circle.

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