Cleopartra's Needle; A History of the London Obelisk, with an Exposition of the Hieroglyphics

Cleopartra's Needle; A History of the London Obelisk, with an Exposition of the Hieroglyphics

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1884 edition. Excerpt: ... of Ileliopolis. It was regarded as an avatar or incarnation of a solar deity. On the London Obelisk Mnevis appears twelve times on the palatial titles, and twice on the lateral columns of Rameses II. Arm With Stick (khu) powerful, is the common symbol of power. In the Bible also an arm stands for power. "The Lord brought us forth out of Egypt with a mighty hand and with an outstretched arm" (Deut. xxvi. 8). There are twelve palatial titles on the obelisk, three on each face, and in eleven cases occurs the arm holding a stick in its hand. In each case this hieroglyph may be rendered by the word powerful. The same hieroglyph appears several times in both the central and lateral columns. Crown (kha) crowned, because placed on the head at the time of coronation. This hieroglyph is thought by some to be a part of a dress. Owl (em) in, is a preposition. Scei'tre (TJas) Western Thebes. The sceptre here depicted is that carried in the left hand of Theban kings. It is composed of three parts, the top is the head of a greyhound, the shaft is the long stalk of some reed, perhaps that of the papyrus or lotus, while the curved bo'tom represents the claws of the crocodile, an animal common in Upper Egypt in ancient times. This sceptre, called Kakufa, was olten represented by an ostrich feather, the common symbol of truth, and stands for Uas, the name of that part of Thebes which stood on the western bank of the Nile. The sceptre as an ideograph means power, in the same manner as the sceptre carried by our monarch on state occasions is a badge of authority. Thus the palatial title may be rendered, "The powerful bull, crowned in Western Thebes." Above the cartouche will be noticed a group of four hieroglyphs, namely, a reed, bee, and two...
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  • English
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  • 9781236557568