Kingston Lacy and the obelisk from Philae

William John Bankes discovered an obelisk at Philae in 1816. This had been erected by Ptolemy Physcon. Belzoni arranged for the obelisk to be sent to England and in 1819 it was erected in the grounds of Bankes' home at Kingston Lacy near Wimborne, Dorset.

The text was transcribed and a copy sent to Champollion in early 1822.

T.G.H. James, Egyptian antiquities at Kingston Lacy, Dorset : the collection of William John Bankes. [WorldCat]
Anne Sebba, The exiled collector: William Bankes and the making of an English country house (London: John Murray, 2004) [WorldCat]

© David Gill


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