- Museum number
Shaft of a black siltstone obelisk dedicated by Nakhthorheb to Thoth and placed before the entrance (with 524) to a shrine in a temple of the god, probably in Lower Egypt, all four faces inscribed with finely carved relief hieroglyphs giving the names and titles of Pharaoh.
- Production date
- 350BC (circa)
Height: 278.50 centimetres (max)
Width: 42.80 centimetres (30cm up from base, original stone)
Width: 33.50 centimetres (60cm down from top, original stone)
Width: 45 centimetres (plaster make up at base)
Depth: 39.50 centimetres (30cm from base, original stone)
Depth: 30.50 centimetres (60cm down from top, original stone)
Depth: 41 centimetres (Plaster make up at base)
- Curator's comments
To be included in the 'Musee achemenide virtuel et interactif' (see www.achemenet.com).
PM IV: pp.73, 168
Nicholson and Shaw, Ancient Egyptian Materials and Technology (Cambridge 2000), p. 58;
N. Strudwick, Masterpieces of Ancient Egypt, London 2006, pp. 286-7.
The Birch Slip records that this obelisk (and 524) were removed from their original location, the ruins of a town in the Delta, and placed before the one of the mosques in Cairo sometime in the 18th Century. Publications include D. Budde, GM 191 (2002), 19-25.
Labelled as schist.
PM IV, p.73
- On display (Great Court)
- fair (incomplete)
- Acquisition date
- Egypt and Sudan
- BM/Big number
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: ES.523