Large Egyptian Obelisk Statue. Incense Container. Hieroglyphs. Egypt.
Egyptian tapered monolithic pillars (obelisks) were erected in pairs at the entrances of ancient temples. Often carved out of one piece of stone – usually granite from Aswan – they were covered in alloys of gold and silver. All four sides were embellished with hieroglyphics, Such characters were dedications to the sun god (Ra) and former/current rulers.
Along with hieroglyphics, you will often see the Bennu phoenix, a mythological and sacred bird considered to be the Ba of the sun god, Ra. It represented a form of resurrection and rebirth when the sun arose each day . . . especially around the city of the Sun, Heliopolis.
Pairs of obelisks were erected at Karnak by Thutmose circa (1493 – 1482 BCE . . and other places in the 18th and 19th Dynasties.
This particular obelisk was cast with a stone composite material and then hand painted. It was meant to be a storage container. In this case, incense stick storage as it has a heavy lid (and embedded magnets) that seals the chamber well.
It was released as a piece from the Summit Collection in 2003.
No chips or scrapes and in perfect condition. Felt bottom.