The Bent Pyramid
NOW, FOR THE FIRST TIME:
Enter the Bent Pyramid!
about the Bent Pyramid HERE
The interior of the Bent pyramid is largely
unpublished and there are no color pictures easily available to visit it. Now,
for the first time, HERE, you can explore much of the interior.
The Bent Pyramid is the only known pyramid
from the Old Kingdom to have two separate entrances on two different
faces. One is on the
traditional north face, while the other is on the west face. We will enter
from the north side. The entrance is presently protected by a metal door
which is locked. I was granted special permission to photograph the
interior. This first picture shows the uppermost portion of the descending
passageway just beyond the door. In the foreground are leather buckets
which are used to excavate and carry away sand and debris. You can see
displacement of some of the blocks which line that passageway.
|At the bottom of the descending passageway
is a short section that levels off into a shallow depression. Presently
there are wood planks across this. Past this, we enter the antechamber for
||Here's the bottom of the descending
passageway looking back up from the beginning of the antechamber. This
antechamber is narrow and has a corbelled ceiling, which has a roughened
appearance. The walls also appear undressed in places suggesting that this
passage may have been unfinished.
BELOW: Looking up in the antechamber at the corbelled
|RIGHT: At the south end of the antechamber
is a steep ledge. A wooden ladder is in place which leads to the main
To the left is a view of the corbelled ceiling of the
antechamber as seen from the first chamber. The wooden pieces seen in this
photo are modern. You can see how the closer section of the corbelling is
rougher and the portion further back is more finely finished. As you turn
around 180 degrees you take your first look into the lower chamber.
|Entering the chamber looking upward, you can see the
corbelled ceiling with the modern scaffolding. A ladder, almost 50 foot in
length, leads to a connecting passage between this set of chambers and the
passageway and chambers that are accessed from the western entrance.
ABOVE: At the southeast corner of the first chamber is a
niche-like opening, which, when this picture was taken was filled with rubble.
This area continues upward rising to a blind passage.
Looking up the south wall from the base of
the same short passage. If you look carefully above this short passage you can
see a small corbelled niche which is an outlet to the blind passage that rises
upward from the bottom opening:
Left: This opening has since been cleaned and
underneath the rubble is a smooth finished floor.
Above: This picture, taken
more recently, is a view looking up from within this opening. You can see
the inside of the corbelled niche to the right. In the center you can
see that the upward shaft ends blindly with a smoothly finished ceiling.
Here's a better look at that
corbelled niche from within the lower main chamber:
Climbing the long ladder
leads to a passageway that connects the main lower chamber with another chamber
that is accessed from the opening on the western face. Here is the top of
the ladder and the opening of that connecting passageway:
top portion of the corbelling of the main chamber as seen from the
BELOW: A look back at the connecting passage after exiting into the
next east-west passageway:
|LEFT: After climbing the long
ladder you enter the connecting passageway. Here is a view looking back
toward the first chamber from within this passageway
BELOW: Turning around and looking into the connecting
The connecting passageway
leads to the east-west passageway that has its entrance on the west face of the
pyramid. This passageway is very interesting in that it contains two
portcullis blocking systems which were built to seal the main chamber
after the burial of the king. These blocking systems are unique because
they utilize a system where the blocks slide down diagonally, as opposed
to vertically as seen in other pyramids. The first block is in place with
a rectangular hole cut through it. You can see this looking west. Between
the end of the connecting passage and the block is a shallow shaft, also
Looking past the portcullis
block you can see a two other shallow shafts. This terminates at a ledge
which leads to the main burial chamber (right).
BELOW: The easternmost end of this passageway.
||LEFT: Looking up into the south edge of
the burial chamber from the passageway.
For this trip, this is as far as we
TO BE CONTINUED.....
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Copyright © 1997-2005 Andrew Bayuk
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Diagram of Internal Arrangement of the Bent
J. P. Lepre's improvement on original diagram by Ahmed Fakhry
Diagram of the Portcullis System:
Copyright © 1969 Ahmed Fakhry
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