Egyptian obelisks were the ultimate trophies of Rome, representing the subjugation by Augustus of one of the oldest civilizations on Earth. They were transported in specially made ships. This is the Flaminio obelisk, in Rome, Italy.
In the shape of an Obelisk, this beautifull Antique Inkstand / Standish / Inkwells 'LA FONTAINE DES DIOSCURES', Louis XVI, attributed to G. VALADIER (Giuseppe Valadier, 1762 Rome 1839), Rome ca. 1815/20.