A Near Pair of 19th Century Ashbourne Obelisks

REF: 5540

A Near Pair of 19th Century Ashbourne Obelisks

REF: 5540

A near pair of 19th century slate and specimen marble obelisks.

  • Height 35.56 cm / 14 14"
  • Width 8.89 cm / 3 12"
  • Depth 8.89 cm / 3 12"

Category

  • Year c. 1870 - c. 1880
  • Country England
  • Provenance An obelisk is a tall, four-sided, narrow tapering monument which ends in a pyramid-like shape at the top. Like Egyptian pyramids, whose shape is thought to be representative of the descending rays of the sun, an obelisk is said to resemble a petrified ray of the sun-disk. A pair of obelisks usually stood in front of a pylon. Ancient obelisks were often monolithic, whereas most modern obelisks are made of several stones and can have interior spaces.