Pair of Obelisks in Light Travertine
Stylized table sculpture, with clean and elegant lines, the marble obelisk fits into all types of furnishings and environments, from classic to modern. It is of great impact in modern designer living rooms, alongside materials such as iron and wood, but also in combination with classic and antique furnishings.
Perfect as a gift idea for collectors and important occasions.
History and symbolism
The obelisk is a monolithic monument which has its origins in ancient Egypt. Together with the pyramids, it is one of the greatest expressions of Egyptian monumental art. It is characterized by the elongated and thin quadrangular shape, ending with a pyramidal tip.
The Egyptians believed that the Sun god resided in them and the Pharaohs used to place them in pairs at the entrance of the temples and in specific points of the cities in order to favor their fecundity and the circle of benevolent energies. Symbol of the link between the Pharaoh and the divinity, the obelisk stands out to represent absolute power.
In various cultures and traditions, it was believed that the obelisks, placed at the nodal points of the city, contributed to the sublimation of the energies of the place and brought well -being and fertility to the whole region. The city of Rome has as many as 9 original Egyptian obelisks, which were stolen during the conquest of Egypt.
Obelisks have always been enigmatic monuments, and throughout history they are often found as occult, Masonic and esoteric symbols. The evidence of the phallic form also underlines the power of the masculine energies, bearers of fecundating force in their encounter with the Earth, with the receptive feminine energies.
The obelisk is now used in homes, in small reproductions, as a symbol of fertility and good wishes.
Travertine is a calcareous sedimentary rock. Mined in Italy since Roman times, it is now appreciated for its homogeneous structure, marked by a high porosity that brings out its naturalness. It has a homogeneous light beige coloring with faint light streaks.
Travertine is an incredibly durable and compact natural stone, characterized by a porosity that makes it unique. The color can have shades from milky white to walnut, from pink to scarlet red.
This sustainable material has been used since ancient times. In conjunction with Carrara marble, it is one of the decorative materials that most represents our country and our History in the world. Among the world’s most famous monuments made of travertine rock impossible not to mention the Colosseum, St. Peter’s Basilica or the Trevi Fountain.
According to the geological classification of rocks, marble and travertine are two different things: travertine is part of the sedimentary limestone rocks, while marble is a metamorphic rock.