Pharaoh Khasekhemui, the last king of the Negro Second Egyptian Dynasty, presided over a brilliant 48 years of political and religious stability. Stone sculpture developed greatly during his time.
Private individuals as well as royalty had portrait sculptures carved. Khasekhemui built the largest royal tomb in the city of Abydos. Shaped like a trapezium, it was 230 feet long and over 33 feet wide. Some distance away is the remains of the king’s palace. Its mud bricks undulated and wound into a number of niches and recesses.
In its day it boasted white panelled walls. In size, it was an awesome 400 feet long and 213 feet wide. Standing 36 feet high, its walls were a staggering 18 feet thick. Khasekhemui built another palatial enclosure, this time at Hierakonpolis.
Finally, there exists an interesting and important monument built near the city of Memphis. An astounding 1150 by 2130 feet with walls 49 feet thick, this structure was probably the world’s very first building in stone. Scholars do not as yet know who built this monument but they have reason to credit King Khasekhemui.