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Jordan Petra 2013 1745 Obelisk Tomb.jpg
07-Jun-2013 Dick Osseman

Jordan Petra 2013 1745 Obelisk Tomb.jpg

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Obelisk Tomb and Bab el Siq Triclinium Carved into the sandstone cliffs are two separate rock-cut monuments, set one above the other. The upper, known as the “Obelisk Tomb”, is crowned with four elongated pyramids that represent nefesh, Nabatean signs commemorating the deceased. A central niche in the rock wall behind contains the worn sculpture of a cloak-clad male figure. He represents the head of the family, buried in the tomb chamber beneath, with its five rock-cut burial niches. The gabled façade below the tomb marks the placement of a triclinium, a funerary dining hall with benches carved along three of its sides. Here, banquets where wine was served, were held in honour of a god or ancestor. In the opposing cliff face is a double inscription in Nabatean and Greek that refers to a burial monument erected by a man named Admanku. The presence of Greek writing bears testimony to the influence of Hellenic culture on cosmopolitan Petra. Text from notice on site.

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