THE OBELISK AT SYON HOUSE.
"The Harmachis, the living Ea, the strong bull, very valiant, king of Upper
and Lower Egypt, Ra aa kheperu (prenomen of Amenophis II.), son of the
Sun, Amenhetep, a divine ruler of the Thebaid, has made a gift to his
father Chnoumis, he has made the two obelisks of the altar of Ra (the Sun),
he (Chnoumis) made him a giver of life immortal."
This inscription was published by Bonomi1, and by Sharpe2, and a transla-
tion has been given by M. Chabas3, from which the present translation differs
in some respects. The name of Amenophis II., which ends neter neq An, " the
divine ruler of Heliopolis," was then replaced on the obelisk by "divine ruler
of the Thebaid," the title attached to the name of Amenophis III. on the
shaft of the obelisk, while the original name remains on the apex. 7 ft. 3 in.
high, 9§ in. wide at base on two sides, and 9 in. on the other two sides.
The base of the pyramid is 8£ in. on two sides, and 8| in. on the other two.
1 Transactions of the Royal Society of Literature, New Series, 1843, Vol. i. p. 170. Description of the
2 Egypt. Inscriptions, Second Series, PI. G9.
3 A short history of Egyptian Obelisks, by W. R. Cooper, 1877, p. 62.