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Notes on the Geography of Egypt: Karnak: Photo 7

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We're retreated to the obelisk of Hatshepsut. It's 97 feet high and weighs something over 320 tons. Bare stone now, it was formerly covered with electrum, a gold-silver alloy that reflected the morning and afternoon sun. Its west face, lit here, reads: "She made it as her monument for her father Amun-Ra, lord of the two Lands, erecting for him two great obelisks at the august gate "Amun-Great-in-Terror" wrought with very much electrum, which illuminate the Two Lands like the sun" (Translation from R.A. Schwaller de Lubica, The Temples of Karnak, 1999, p. 602). The other obelisk, like the twin of the shorter obelisk of Thutmes, is lost.

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