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Abney, William de Wiveleslie
Thebes and its five greater temples — London, 1876

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From a point a little more to east a very fair view is obtained of the
Sanctuary, the Obelisks, and the Grand Hall. The nearest obelisk in
the photograph is a monolith of gigantic size, rising to a height of
ninety-two feet. It bears the name of Amun-nou-het or Hatasoo, the
daughter of Thothmes I., from which circumstance it is supposed that
this monarch erected that portion of the temple on which site it stands.
Its date probably would be about the 16th century B.C.

This is the second finest obelisk that is known to exist, the largest
being the Lateran obelisk (so designated from being erected in the piazza
of the Lateran) which bears the name of Thothmes. Regarding obelisks,
Fergusson says, " Their use seems to have been wholly that of monumental
pillars, recording the style and title of the king who erected them,
his piety, and the proof he gave of it, in dedicating these monoliths to
the deity whom he especially wished to honour." On the obelisk of
Amun-nou-het is an inscription (which "Wilkinson has translated), showing
that only seven months were employed in its erection, including the
time required for its transport from the quarry at Assouan, near the
first Cataract.-