Fragment of a Model Obelisk
An obelisk is a four-sided, tapering stone pillar with a pyramidal top called a benben. The benben represents the primordial mound where the Egyptians believe the sun god stood when he created the universe. Huge obelisks in front of temples symbolized solar creation. The size of this piece suggests that it once belonged to a temple model, such as the Dynasty 19 model gateway exhibited in the Later Egypt gallery.
- Medium: Egyptian alabaster
- Dates: ca. 1481-1479 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: XVIII Dynasty
- Period: New Kingdom
- Dimensions: 2 13/16 in. (7.2 cm) Base: 1 1/8 x 1 1/4 in. (2.8 x 3.2 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 05.333
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Fragment of a Model Obelisk, ca. 1481-1479 B.C.E. Egyptian alabaster, 2 13/16 in. (7.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 05.333. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Good (77%)