Buildings Across Time An Introduction to World Architecture by Michael Fazio, Marian Moffett, Lawrence Wodehouse

By Michael Fazio, Marian Moffett, Lawrence Wodehouse

This seriously illustrated survey textual content presents scholars of either paintings heritage and structure with a global creation to the background of structure that's entire and but obtainable. The 3rd variation maintains to supply accomplished assurance in an available demeanour with accelerated pedagogy, further social and old context, and prolonged assurance of African and Andean structure, in addition to smooth designs via ladies and non-Western architects.

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Grave robbers did not steal the handsome blue faience wall decorations, which are now all that remains of the interior. These tiles are set into hor­ izontal and vertical stone members to represent rush matting between wooden slats attached to larger wooden supports. On one wall is a relief carving depicting Djoser running the Heb-Sed race. Wearing the white crown of Upper Egypt, Djoser is portrayed in the manner peculiar to Egyptian art, with head, legs, and feet shown in profile and the torso shown frontally.

Here the corpse would receive a final ritual cleansing prior to entombment. Of all the Giza valley temples, the lower temple of Khafre remains in the best state of preservation. Essentially square in plan, with thick limestone walls encased in red granite, its central hall is an inverted T-shape. Red granite piers supported a roof with a clerestory; the windows were set so that sunlight coming through them illuminated the twenty-three statues of the pharaoh placed around the edges of the wall. Two levels of narrow storage rooms extended into the solid wall mass.

It was therefore in society's interest to ensure that the pharaoh's body and spirit were well served. This goal led to the con­ struction of enduring tombs for royalty and the develop­ ment of mummification to preserve the body. Tombs, rather than temples or palaces, became the most lasting religious structures. Mastabas, the earliest tombs, were built as eternal houses for the departed and were in all likelihood based on the design of the dwellings of the living. 23 Drawing of mastaba tombs. This shows the burial chamber beneath the structure and the small chambers provided at ground level for offerings to the spirit of the deceased.

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