Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
An obelisk, a tapered shaft with a pyramidal top, symbolized the sun god. It was also an important symbol of eternity in ancient Egypt, where huge stone obelisks were erected in temples. This small example, made for a tomb, may have held a papyrus scroll. The text painted on the sides names the gods of the dead.
Late Period (probably)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Archaeological provenance not yet documented, reportedly from Giza, Egypt; by 1852, collected in Egypt by Henry Abbott of Cairo, Egypt and New York, NY; 1859, purchased from Henry Abbott by the New-York Historical Society, New York, NY; 1937, loaned by the New-York Historical Society to the Brooklyn Museum; September 1948, purchased from the New-York Historical Society by the Brooklyn Museum.
Painted wooden obelisk (a papyrus container, or reliquary?), a column of black hieroglyphics reading: '….Hpy ink sA-k wsir mn….'.
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Obelisk, 664-332 B.C.E. Wood, pigment, Height: 10 3/4 in. (27.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1723E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.1723E_view01_PS11.jpg)
overall, 37.1723E_view01_PS11.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2023
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