The Metropolitan Museum: Obelisks

obelisk 3.22.14Obelisk at The Met

Within the Ancient Egyptian exhibition at The Met, one will find a room filled with images of obelisks from around the world. Growing up in the United States, I am most familiar with the very tall obelisk found in Washington, DC – The Washington Monument. However, the obelisk originates in a more ancient time. Wikipedia describes an obelisk as “a tall, four-sided, narrow tapering monument which ends in a pyramid-like shape at the top.” It explains that the builders of Ancient Egyptians called it, “tekhenu” and they were usually placed in pairs at the entrance of a temple.

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