Grand Tour Paris Charles X / Louis-Phillippe Patinated Bronze Luxor Obelisk
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Grand Tour Souvenir patinated bronze Egyptian obelisk, circa 1836 "The Luxor Obelisk" Paris, originally erected by Ramses II at Luxor. France. 19th century
10.5" H x 3,75" square base
In 1830 the Sultan and Viceroy of Egypt, Mehemet Ali,offered the two obelisks standing in front of the Luxor Temple (Thebes) to King Charles X of France, as a gesture of friendship and gratitude for the deciphering of hieroglyphs by Champollion.
The French king graciously accepted the gifts.
The Luxor Obelisks measure 22 meters high and weigh 220 tons each, and they were built under the reign of the Pharaoh Ramses II.