Obelisks on Animals
Posted April 13, 2018 |
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I love animals, so I love obelisks on animals! The decorative obelisks with animals take their inspiration from the originals in Italy.
Minerva obelisk, Rome
Piazza Santa Maria Novella, Florence
The fabulous Bernini elephant supports an Egyptian obelisk hidden in a plaza behind the Pantheon. Turtles are the animals of choice supporting the obelisk in front of the Church of Santa Maria Novella in Florence.
Istanbul home via Pinterest
This is among my favorite images of an obelisk mounted on an animal. This fabulous brass turtle, an art object on its own, is mounted by a very chic rock crystal obelisk.
Collections from the Chateau de Groussay via Pinterest
This collection of objects was part of a sale of the content of the Chateau de Groussay, sold in 1999. All sorts of wonderful architectural models were included as well as some fabulous obelisks. The striped marble obelisk sits atop a wonderful elephant!
Art Nouveau tableau via Pinterest
This tableau of Art Nouveau objects also includes a rouge marble obelisk mounted on a brass obelisk. The obelisk adds height to the display, even if not Art Nouveau itself!
Nestled among the white marble busts of Roman emperors is a wonderful Italian marble and alabaster obelisk with turtle mounts. The whole display is classic and chic!
We have a few obelisks sitting on little turtles. These add interest and whimsy to the obelisks. I love them!
My favorite is the antique specimen marble obelisk in the center. It’s Italian and has the most wonderful shield inserts of various colored marbles. The black marble pair with the tan veining is a new acquisition, and so very interesting to look at. The Grey Salome marble in the back have balls as mounts rather than turtles, but they add to the vignette!
Look for obelisks with animals for added fun and interest in your obelisk collection!