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September 8, 2021

Capstone of the Black Pyramid


[Pyramidion of the Black Pyramid in the main hall of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.]

Pyramid capstones, also known as pyramidions, are extremely rare: this is one of the few known to exist.

The grey granite pyramidion sat atop the Black Pyramid, built by Amenemhat III, pharaoh of the Twelfth Dynasty of Egypt, who ruled from c. 1860-1814 B.C.E.


The Black Pyramid is one of the five remaining pyramids of the original eleven at Dahshur in Egypt.

Originally named Amenemhat is Mighty, the pyramid earned the name Black Pyramid for its dark, decaying appearance as a rubble mound.

The Black Pyramid was the first to house both the deceased pharaoh and his queens.

Amenemhat III's reign is regarded as the golden age of the Middle Kingdom (2055-1650 B.C.E.).

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