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Roman obelisk.]

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Art and Picture Collection
Shelf locator: PC-WON OBEL
Shelf locator: PC-WON OX OBEL
Inscriptions, Hieroglyphic
Obelisks -- Italy -- Rome
Churches -- Italy -- Rome
Monuments & memorials -- Italy -- Rome
Coats of arms -- 1500-1599
Carriages & coaches -- To 1699
Content : This is an obelisk originally commissioned by pharaoh Ramses II, and later brought to Rome in 30 AD by Caesar Augustus, the first emperor, who had it erected in the Circus Maximus and dedicated to the sun. The obelisk fell during the battles with the Goths for control of Rome, and was gradually covered by debris. In 1587 the monument was uncovered and restored in a slightly shorter form. Two years later, Pope Sixtus V ordered it moved to the Piazza del Popolo, where it marked an intersection of three streets referred to as the "Trident of Rome". The top of the obelisk was capped with a metal ornament depicting the mountains and star from the coat-of-arms of Pope Sixtus (barely visible on the band across the lion on the shield of the papal arms atop the inscription at lower left).

Content: Large (water?) stain on left edge of paper extends into image. Smaller stain on border at center right. Horizontal fold line at center. Foxing around all edges of paper. Faint imprint of image from top half visible on bottom, and vice versa. Round ownership stamp impressed at bottom center reads: "New York Society Library, Green Alcove".
Physical Description
Extent: 1 print : b ; 52.5 x 36.5 cm.
Type of Resource
Still image
Type of Resource
Still image
UUID: 455e9fe0-c5bf-012f-ec2a-58d385a7bc34

Item timeline of events

  • 2013: Digitized
  • 2015: Found by you!
  • 2016

MLA Format

Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. "Roman obelisk." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e4-6447-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Chicago/Turabian Format

Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. "Roman obelisk." New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed July 7, 2015. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e4-6447-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

APA Format

Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. Roman obelisk. Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e4-6447-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Wikipedia Citation

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Roman obelisk.