Cast bronze with Marble base
Artworks - Height: 24.0 ft
Width: 3.0 ft
Description: Large cast bronze obelisk with turquoise patina.
Historical Context: An obelisk is a tall, four-sided, narrow tapering monument which ends in a pyramid-like shape at the top. The original builders of these monuments where the Ancient Egyptians who called them "tekhenu". The Greeks who saw them used the Greek 'obeliskos' to describe them, and this word passed into Latin and ultimately English. Originally obelisks were used to mark Egyptian temple entrances and may had been connected to the astronomical phenomena of the sunrise and sunset: the zodiacal light and sun pillars respectively. For the Egyptians, the obelisks symbolized the sun god, Ra. The Greeks and Romans moved obelisks out of Egypt as well as constructed some of their own. The symbolic nature of these shapes began to shift from religious and astronomical to more of a civic marking. A symbol of power and order. In fact, the Ancient Greek word for obelisk, ὀβελίσκος obeliskos, literally means defense and stability.
Getty Art and Architecture Thesaurus TermsContemporaryobeliskspublic art
Library of Congress SubjectsLarge-scale sculpture Obelisks in art Egypt--Religion--332 B.C.-640 A.D
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