National Geographic : 1941 Oct
© National Geographic Society Painting byH.M. Herget "His Majesty Gave Stipulations for Building a Very Great Pylon, in OrdertoBrighten Thebes" The never finished outermost pylon of the temple of Amun at El Karnak, started in the 21st year of Sheshonk I ofthe XXIInd Dynasty (924 B.c.), isunder construc tion. Up the temporary ramps on either side Palestinian and Nubian captives are hauling sledge loads of sandstone blocks, brought from thequarry bythe stone barges (right foreground). To the right of the rear portion of the temple is the sacred lake; to the left, the enclosure of the temple ofthewar-god Montu. Mid-distant onthe right appears the temple of Amfin's son, Khonsu, behind which the pylons and avenue of sphinxes lead to the templeofthe goddess Mut, Amfin's wife.