Old faces (2)

faces on base of Obelisk of Theodosius 1000x482These faces (only 1600 years old) are on the pedestal of the Obelisk of Theodosius, so named because Roman Emperor Theodosius I (re)moved it from Egypt in the late 4th century, and placed it in the Hippodrome. The obelisk itself originates from the Temple of Karnak, 15th century BCE, and is also referred to as the Obelisk of Thutmose III. The obelisk is in much better condition than the pedestal, in spite of being 3500 years old.

Obelisk of Theodosius (Karnak) (2) detail  500x355