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obelisk

(ŏb`əlĭsk), slender four-sided tapering monument, usually hewn of a single great piece of stone, terminating in a pointed or pyramidal top. Among the ancient Egyptians these monoliths were commonly of red granite from Syene and were dedicated to the sun god. They were placed in pairs before the temples, one on either side of the portal. The greatest number erected in any one place was in Heliopolis, but eventually almost every temple entrance was flanked by a pair of them. Down each of the four faces, in most cases, ran a line of deeply incised hieroglyphs and representations, setting forth the names and titles of the Pharaoh. The cap, or pyramidion, was sometimes sheathed with copper or other metal. Obelisks of colossal size were first raised in the XII dynasty. Of those still standing in Egypt, one remains at Heliopolis and two at Al Karnak, one from the time of Thutmose I and one of Queen Hatshepsut which is estimated to be 97.5 ft (29.7 m) high. Many of the historic shafts have been carried from Egypt, notably one of the reign of Ramses II from Luxor, now in the Place de la Concorde, Paris, and Cleopatra's NeedlesCleopatra's Needles,
name in popular use for two obelisks of red granite from Egypt. Originally erected at Heliopolis (c.1475 B.C.) by Thutmose III, they were transported to Alexandria (c.14 B.C.) under Augustus and in the 19th cent.
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 in London and New York. Others are in Rome and Florence. In the United States two familiar structures of obelisk form (though not monoliths) are the Washington and the Bunker Hill monuments.

Obelisk

A four-sided stone shaft, either monolithic or jointed, tapering to a pyramidal top.

Obelisk

 

a four-sided stone pillar, usually of square section, that tapers as it rises and ends in a pyramid. Obelisks were widespread in ancient Egypt, where they were erected as monuments, usually next to palaces and temples. Monolithic obelisks exported from Egypt were used in European city planning as important spatial elements in the design of architectural complexes. An example of such use is the obelisk on Piazza del Popolo in Rome, erected in 1589 by the architect D. Fontana. The obelisk is a popular form of monument; in Russia it has been in use since the 18th century.

obelisk

[′äb·ə‚lisk]
(architecture)
A four-sided pillar, tapering toward the top.
(mathematics)
A frustrum of a regular, rectangular pyramid.

obelisk

obelisk
1. A monumental, four-sided stone shaft, usually monolithic and tapering to a pyramidal tip.
2. In Egyptian art, such a shaft mostly covered with hieroglyphs; originally erected as a cult symbol to the sun god.

obelisk

a stone pillar having a square or rectangular cross section and sides that taper towards a pyramidal top, often used as a monument in ancient Egypt
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