Excerpt from The Greek and Latin Inscriptions on the Obelisk-Crab in the Metropolitan Museum, New York: A Monograph
OF the two obelisks at Alexandria, Egypt, which for so long divided the interest of tourists with Pompey's Pillar, one lay prostrate upon the ground, the other, though erect, was hidden for some feet above its base-stone by the accumulation of deerz's about it. When Mr. Dixon was preparing, in 1877, to remove the fallen monolith to Eng land, he excavated about the base oi the other in order to ascertain what kind of a pedestal had originally supported the obelisk. In doing so he discovered that it had rested upon four bronze sea-crabs, two of which alone remained in place, the other pair having been wrenched out and carried off, apparently by plunderers. One of those still in position had lost both claws and all the legs, only the stumps of these remaining. The other had been mutilated very similarly, but the right claw in part was still left, and upon this had been engraved a Greek and a Latin inscription. These crabs were removed by Commander Gorringe with the obelisk to this city in 1880, and were presented by him to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Central Park in June, 1881. The Annual Report of the Museum, made public on the 12th of February, 1883, contained the following paragraph: In the last Report we acknowledged the gift of two bronze crabs, found at Alexandria, as supports to the obelisk now in Central Park, on one of which were inscriptions. Restrictions imposed by the donor against copying or publishing the inscriptions for a certain time having been recently removed, they have been copied, and impressions, photographs, and sketches made for the study of scholars. These fail to confirm the accuracy of the read ings which have been published.
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