Obelisk at Temple of Karnak

Nancy Richard

Bristol, United States

Artist's Description

This may be Hatshepsut’s obelisk at the Temple of Karnak/Amun in Egypt. Obelisks were chiseled out of stone from a quarry in Aswan. Hatshepsut was the first female pharaoh, and and considered the first great woman in recorded history. She was one of the greatest rulers in Egypt, ruling from 1479 – 1457 BC.
As regent for her young nephew, heir to the throne, she became infused with power. Her ambitions prompted her to fasten the traditional pharaoh’s beard to her person. After her death, her nephew, Thutmose III (known as the Napoleon of Egypt) and others attempted to destroy all statues and references her life. They failed in this attempt leaving enough evidence to her reign as being one of the greatest in Egypt.
While other pharaohs built temples and pyramids of power, her temple is gracefully subdued, different, and considered one of the most beautiful in Egypt.

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