The New York Obelisk, Cleopatra's Needle: With a Preliminary Sketch of the History, Erection, Uses, and Signification of Obelisks

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A. D. F. Randolph and Company, 1891 - Obelisks - 202 pages
 

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Page 59 - Rd-Hor-Khuti, who lives forever. *) The custom of erecting obelisks in pairs in front of the gates of temples has already been alluded to on page 20 (cf. the picture). t) The gold-metal mentioned here may have been only an alloy of copper and gold. Some think that it was the electrum of the ancients, which was an alloy of silver and gold.
Page 18 - ... skilled stone-cutters under the direction of scribes. Whether the figures of these inscriptions were filled out with copper or gold, as some maintain, is extremely doubtful. With the pyramidion it was different. While its usual dedicatory inscriptions remained undoubtedly as they were chiseled, the point or apex seems to have been surmounted by gold or gilded bronze.
Page 63 - III it the instigation of his queen, Taia. Aten-Ra was the name of the deity of the solar disk, who was originally one of the minor deities of the Egyptian mythology. He was represented as a solar dUk giving forth rays, each of which terminated in a hand holding the cross of life. In the time of Amenhotep IV, the wife of that monarch, queen Taia, attempted to make absolute and universal the worship of AtcnKa, whom she maintained to be the same as the Syrian deity Adon-Ra, or Adon-ai.
Page 39 - Gorringe, idem, 102. edges at the bottom. . . . During the transportation, a large portion of the edges at the base was very badly damaged."1 Such rude and clumsy handling, however, is not likely, in view of the known skill of the Roman engineers: their experience twelve years before, according to Strabo, in conveying a pair of obelisks from An to Rome : and the perfect condition of the bases of the Egyptian monoliths now in Rome...
Page 83 - С. 12, BY THE ROMANS. REMOVED TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AD l88o AND ERECTED IN NEW YORK CITY JANUARY 22, l88l. PRESENTED TO THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT BY ISMAIL, KHEDIVE OF EGYPT. RUTHERFORD BURCHARD HAYES PRESIDENT WILLIAM MAXWELL EVARTS SECRETARY OF STATE OF THE UNITED STATES. THE COST OF REMOVING FROM EGYPT AND PLACING ON THIS SPOT THIS OBELISQUE PEDESTAL AND BASE WAS BORNE BY WILLIAM H. VANDERBILT LIEUTENANT COMMANDER HENRY H. GORRINGE UNITED STATES NAVY DESIGNED THE PLANS FOR AND SUPERINTENDED...

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