The Brilliance of ‘Pre-diluvian’ Sculpture - Cannot Be Hand Made!
I'm still digesting our recent tour to Egypt; the temple and the pyramids - just the atmosphere of the ancients was a lot to take in. Each time I visit, I’m stunned at the beauty, sophistication, and intelligence of those who left evidence of their time on Earth.
Each Spring, a group of listeners joins me and our guide, Mohamed Ibrahim, for a 12-day tour of ancient Egypt. These visits are unique and feature compelling evidence of a highly sophisticated people who shaped Egypt’s pre and Dynastic periods. This past May, we were introduced to a class of statuary that appeared to reveal clues about these people who settled in Cairo and the surrounding area. We're also learning that the egos of many of the dynastic pharaohs and their “God” status may have overwhelmed their common sense, and in the case of Ramses, Khafre, and others - - buildings, temples, and statuary thought to be commissioned in their time period are actually from earlier people.
Diorite sculpture of Khafre. Egypt Museum, Cairo Egypt. (Cliff Dunning)
An example of this misinterpretation is a discovery presented by Mr. Ibrahim is a statue identified as the pharaoh Khafre at the Cairo Museum. Found in the valley temple of his pyramid complex thought to have been commissioned by Khafre, the figure is seated on a throne decorated with the sema-tawny, a symbol of the unity of Upper and Lower Egypt. Perched on the back of the throne, behind the king's head, the god Horus in the form of a falcon spreads his wings around the head of the individual in a gesture of protection. Khafre is thought to have reigned during the Old Kingdom (c. 2600 BC – c. 2551 BC), which can be confused with a much earlier pre-diluvian period (perhaps 9500 BC or earlier.) Very little is known of the pharaoh, and few other statues remain.
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Historians attribute the sculpture to Khafre based on a cartouche crudely scratched into the base of the seated figure. The cartouche shows none of the craftsmanship or tooling used in the creation of the statue, is poorly cut into the stone, and appears entirely out of place, like graffiti, marring the elegance of the statue. Why was it defaced??? Did the priesthood or an administrator notice a slight resemblance to Khafre, and choosing to gain favor with the pharaoh, mention its uncanny likeness?
One would think it sacrilegious to carve their name on an ancient relic, but here we can look at what writings we have of the dynastic period for a possible reason for defacing the statue. During that period in history, pharaohs were elevated to gods and goddesses allowing them to behave in a manner we might consider disrespectful. In this example, the god Khafre, agreeing with his counsel, has an artist carve his name on the statue.
Wanting to learn more, I found two additional statues and created a comparative view which is telling; each figure has unique and separate features but is not the same man.
The known statues of Khafre - three similar, but different statues. (Cliff Dunning)
In his seminal book Lost Technologies of Ancient Egypt, Christopher Dunn provides a comprehensive look at exquisite and precise statuary created with unknown and highly advanced cutting tools. His primary focus is on the Ramses II statues at Karnak, Egypt. Each is identical and leaves us wondering how the work was achieved. I’ve applied Dunn’s formula to this seated figure, leaving us with remarkable evidence of machining technology.
I took a photo of the face of the statue, cut it down the middle, then flipped it - placing the two sides together. When you compare the original to the manipulated version, you can see they are identical. This means that the face, perhaps the entire body, was cut using some schematic or what may have represented the ideal man.
Left is the original photo, right is the photo cut in half and flipped. The symmetry is remarkable. (Cliff Dunning)
You can see from the images below and above, that both feet, the shoulders and chest, left to right, are identical and that a human being did not carve the work by hand as is generally proposed, but rather, some sophisticated technology. My conclusion is, this sculpture was made from a highly advanced culture from an early, unknown epoch.
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The crude cartouche of Khafre at the base of the statue. Notice the exacting quality of the left and right feet. (Cliff Dunning)
I’ve often wondered what type of people occupied the earth’s previous epoch, before 9500 BC. Archaeologists tell us that our ancestors were hunters and gatherers, primitive hominids of limited intelligence and means. But I think a great deal of evidence is confusing because we have little documentation for places like Atlantis, Doggerland, and other cultures that were swallowed by the seas when the ice caps melted. The dynastic Egyptians were left with the ruined cities and statues as evidence of these early people, and because there were no records of their existence, much of the culture was absorbed, sanctified, and resurrected (copied as a form of devotion.) It’s likely, the gods known to us as Isis, Osiris, Ra, Amon, Hathor, and others were once living human beings immortalized in stone by the survivors of the planetary deluge. I believe this statue represents these early people.
This wonderful statue is another key to understanding our past.
Top image: Left is the original photo of the Khafre statue; right is the photo cut in half and flipped. Source: Author provided.