Global Art & Artifacts

Large Egyptian Obelisk Statue.  Incense Container.  Hieroglyphs.  Egypt.

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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.



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