FRANCE:Cleopatra's needle in tow off Alexandria,1877

Cleopatra's Needle: Cleopatra's needle in tow off Alexandria

Genuine original antique engraving, 1877

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FRANCE/SEASCAPES: Cleopatra's Needle: Cleopatra's needle in tow off Alexandria, Genuine original antique engraving, 1877; approximate size 15 x 23cm, 5.75 x 9 inches

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Cleopatra's Needle is the popular name for each of three Ancient Egyptian obelisks re-erected in London, Paris, and New York City during the nineteenth century. The London and New York ones are a pair, while the Paris one comes from a different original site w its twin remains. Although the needles are genuine Ancient Egyptian obelisks, they are somewhat misnamed as they have no particular connection with Queen Cleopatra VII of Egypt, and were already over a thousand years old in her lifetime. The Paris "needle" was the first to be moved and re-erected, and the first to acquire the nickname.
Description of the London and New York pair
The pair are made of red granite, stand about

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