Basket Weave Pattern Obelisk
Basket Weave Pattern Obelisk the obelisk is one of those classic pieces of collectible home decor that have become decorators darlings. This fun piece has a coastal casual basket weave texture to it, adding a warm casual touch to a timeless classic decor staple.
DIMENSIONS: 5" W x 5" D x 15.75" H
FACTS & HISTORY: Scholars believe that ancient obelisks represented eternity and immortality, and their long, tapering form functioned to connect the heavens and the earth.
Obelisks, or tekhenu to ancient Egyptians, first appeared in Old Kingdom Egypt (2649-2150 BCE) in around 2300 BCE. These structures, characterized by a four-sided square base that tapered into an isosceles pyramidion at the top.
The word "obelisk" as used in English today is of Greek rather than Egyptian origin because Herodotus, the Greek traveler, was one of the first classical writers to describe the objects. A number of ancient Egyptian obelisks are known to have survived, plus the "Unfinished Obelisk" found partly hewn from its quarry at Aswan. These obelisks are now dispersed around the world, and fewer than half of them remain in Egypt.