Replica obelisk



Accession Number
W163
Current Location
House of Life (first floor), Fakes, forgeries, and replicas case
Object Types
Fakes and replicas, Replicas | Architecture, Architectural element, Obelisk
Materials
Metals/alloys (Copper alloy) | Stone/minerals | Wood
Measurements
Height (without base): 304mm | Height (with base): 328mm | Width (without base): 37mm | Width (with base): 70mm | Depth (eithout base): 38mm | Depth (with base): 68mm
Number of Elements
2
Culture
Egyptian

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Description

Model of the top half of the obelisk of Thutmose IV, which now stands in Rome. Today, it is commonly known as the Lateran Obelisk and it is the largest standing ancient Egyptian obelisk in the world. Red stone item on wooden base. This copy was purchased by Wellcome at auction in 1932.

Wellcome Number
A134192
Auction
Glendining and Co.: 22–23 Aug 1932, Lot 277
Auction Details
Model of a crane, model of a guillotine, and model of Cleopatra's Needle.
Previous Owner
Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome (1853–1936)
Acquisition
Long-term loan, The Wellcome Trust (15 Feb 1971)

Language
Egyptian
Script
Hieroglyphic
Last modified: 13 Dec 2021

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