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Seller: jbyr3936 (1,354) 100%, Location: Kansas City, Missouri, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 332299718306 AUTHENTICITY GUARANTEED AND PRICED TO SELL! The Old Kingdom is most commonly regarded as the period from the Third Dynasty through to the Sixth Dynasty (2686–2181 BC). Imhotep is credited with the development of building with stone and with the conception of the new architectural form—the Step Pyramid.[3] Indeed, the Old Kingdom is perhaps best known for the large number of pyramids constructed at this time as burial places for Egypt's kings. For this reason, the Old Kingdom is frequently referred to as "the Age of the Pyramids." During the sixth dynasty (2345–2181 BC) the power of pharaoh gradually weakened in favor of powerful nomarchs (regional governors). These no longer belonged to the royal family and their charge became hereditary, thus creating local dynasties largely independent from the central authority of the king. However, Nile flood control was still the subject of very large works, including especially the canal to Lake Moeris around 2300 BC, which was likely also the source of water to the Giza pyramid complex centuries earlier. Scarabs were more rare during the old kingdom, and became quite popular later during the new kingdom. Condition: EXTREMELY FINE CONDITION, MUSEUM QUALITY, VERY ANCIENT AND AWESOME 'HORUS' GLYPHS!, Material: STEATITE, Provenance: SAXBY'S OF STAFFORDSHIRE, UK

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