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- Model obelisk
A model stone (?) obelisk, red in colour, inscribed with hieroglyphs and with a Greek inscription on the base. The base also has a red number '6'. There is an inscription on the three sections of the platform below the base. The model is of the Bankes obelisk from Kingston Lacy which originated from Philae, Egypt.
- Production date
- 1820s (circa)
- Curator's comments
Regulski, I. (ed.), 2022. Hieroglyphs: unlocking ancient Egypt, p. 104
This model, although in red, appears identical to a black marble version produced by John Mawe for his Matlock Museum as part of a group of three model obelisks.
BM AES Acquisition Register 2., p. 63:
1878. 12-14. Rosso antico model of the obelisk of Ptolemy Eurergetes II and his wife Cleopatra; on a double pedestal and three steps; 1 ft. 2 in. h. Presented by Mrs Mangles, 65 Chester Square S.W. - From Philae. Engraved Lepsius Auswahl, Tav. XVII.
The donor was (presumably) the widow of James Mangles who, with his friend Charles Irby, was a travelling companion of William John Bankes.
- On display (G30/dc24)
- Exhibition history
2022-2023 13 Oct-19 Feb, London, BM, Hieroglyphs: unlocking ancient Egypt
- Acquisition date
- Egypt and Sudan
- BM/Big number
- Registration number