Tom Van Eynde: Thebes Photographic Project



The Step-Pyramid of el-Kula. View is to the south with the eastward face lit by the sun. This small pyramid is located nearly 85 kilometers south of Luxor on the west bank of the Nile (5 kilometers north of Hierakonpolis). Its builder and exact date are unknown, but by its style and engineering, it is either late Third or early Fourth Dynasty in date. The pyramid is constructed of solid masonry with no interior chambers. It is nearly 10 meters high and about 294 meters sq. at the base. It rises in three steps, the uppermost of which is mostly lost today. The coarse limestone blocks of the structure are actually the core of the pyramid, and it is uncertain if it was ever finely encased. No substructure connected to the pyramid has been found. The Pyramid of el-Kula is one of four such small pyramids found in Upper Egypt. The others are at Seila, Zawiyet el-Meitin, and Nagada. The pyramid at Nagada is nearly identical to that of el-Kula. Given the great similarity in size and architecture of all the pyramids, possibly they were built by the same king. The purpose of these pyramids is uncertain. (Caption - Peter Piccione)


All the photographs were made with a Fujica G617 Panorama Camera. The film is TriX. The prints are made on llford Mulitgrade Fiber base paper. The original prints are 7"x22" on 10"x24" paper.


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