Fragment from Hatshepsut's fallen obelisk at Karnak

New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Hatshepsut
1473–1458 B.C.

Object Place: Egypt, Thebes


Overall: 106 x 45.7 x 22.9 cm, 183.3 kg (41 3/4 x 18 x 9 in., 404 lb.) Framed (Steel armature L-plate/ two securement wall tabs): 104.1 x 45.7 x 22.9 cm (41 x 18 x 9 in.)

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Out on Loan

On display at Houston Museum of Natural Science, TX, May 17, 2013 – June 30, 2018


The Ancient World


Architectural elements

Red granite obelisk fragment showing Hatshepsut with a male torso, wearing the royal shendyt kilt, double crown and false beard. The obelisk, associated with her sed festival, was located in the hall of Thutmose I in the temple of Amen at Karnak.


From Thebes, Karnak, temple of Amen, colonnade of Thutmose I, southern obelisk of Hatshepsut. 1835: collected by John Lowell, Jr., with permission of the Egyptian government (Lowell diary); 1875: given to the MFA by heirs of John Lowell, Jr. (Accession date: March 18, 1875.)

Credit Line

Gift of heirs of Francis Cabot Lowell