Pair of 19th Century Large Ashbourne Obelisks

REF: 5439

Pair of 19th Century Large Ashbourne Obelisks

REF: 5439

Pair of 19th Century large Ashbourne speckled marble Obelisks on stepped bases.

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  • Height 58.42 cm / 23 14"
  • Width 15 cm / 5 "
  • Depth 15 cm / 5 "

Category

  • Period 1850-1899
  • Year 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.