Volltext: The Sciopticon Manual, Explaining Lantern Projections in General and the Sciopticon Apparatus in Particular Including Magic Lantern Attachments, Experiments, Novelties, Colored and Photo-Transparencies, Mechanical Movements, etc.

Obelisk and Propylon Luxor.—Part of the ruins 
of Thebes shows the ai'rangements that the Egyptians 
adopted in their temples. The entrance by a doorway 
between two immense moles of stonework, termed pylæ. 
The victories of Eameses are sculptured on the face of 
the pylon; but his colossi, solid figures of granite, which 
sit on either side of the entrance, have been much de¬ 
faced. The lonely obelisk, seen a little in advance to 
the left, is more perfect than its mate, which now stands 
in the Place de la Concorde, at Paris. 
Colossal Statue Eemeses.—The mutilated statue in 
this view was the largest monolithic figure transported 
by the Egyptians from the place where it was quarried. 
Its weight when entire was nearly nine hundred tons, 
and this statue now lies in enormous fragments around 
its pedestal. The statue in its sitting position must have 
been nearly sixty feet in height, and is the largest in 
the world; one of its toes is a yard in length. The Turks 
and Arabs have cut several mill-stones out of its head 
without any apparent diminution of its size. 
Appro Ac n to the Temple at Karnak.—From the 
entrance of the temple at Luxor to the pylon at Karnak, 
a distance of a mile and a half, an avenue of colossal 
sphinxes once existed. The sphinxes have disappeared 
and an Arab road leads over the site. On reaching the 
vicinity of Karnak the camel path drops into a broad 
excavated avenue, lined with fragments of sphinxes. 
As you advance the sphinxes are better preserved and 
remain seated on their pedestals, but they have all been 
decapitated. Though of colossal proportions, they are 
seated so close to each other that it must have required 
nearly two thousand to form the double row to Luxor. 
The avenue finally reaches a single pylon, of majestic


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