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Metropolitan NY Nov-2005 0006 2Obelisk in Central Park, adjacent to the Metropolitan Museum.

The obelisk was one of a pair commissioned for Thutmose III and was originally located in Heliopolis but re-located to Alexandria in antiquity.  The second obelisk was moved to London and is known as Cleopatra's needle - it is located on the Thames side of the Victoria Embankment.

America had been offered the obelisk in 1869 but had not made plans to move it from Alexandria. After it's pair was erected in London it wad re-located and erected in 1881 in Central Park, not far from the museum.

The carving of the hieroglyphics had been sharp when it was moved to New York but the northern climate has significantly eroded the carving.

 
Additional Sources
Ancient Egypt Magazine, Oct/Nov 2004 - Obelisks in Exile by Bob Partridge
 
Translation of hieroglyphic text on the Obelisk in New York's Central Park (adjacent to the Metropolitan Museum). Taken from the plaques attached to the base of the Obelisk.
East
Side
The Horus, strong Bull beloved of Ra, the King of Upper and Lower Egypt, User-Ma'at-Ra, Chosen of Ra, Ra created by the gods who founded the two lands, the Son of Ra, Ramesses, Beloved of Amun. The Horus, strong Bull, appearing in Thebes, the King of Upper and Lower Egypt, Men-Kheper-Ra, who embellished the house of him who created him, (the Son of Ra) Thutmose beloved of Amun Lord of Heliopolis, May he live forever. The Horus, strong Bull, Son of Ra, King of Upper and Lower Egypt, User-Ma'at-Ra, the Golden Horus, mighty in years and great in victories, the Son of Ra, Ramesses beloved of Amun, the Lord of the two lands, User-Ma'at-Ra, the Son of Ra, Ramesses beloved of Amun.
North Side The Horus, strong Bull loving truth the King of Upper and Lower Egypt User-Ma'at-Ra, Chosen of Ra Lord of festivals like his father Ptah-Tatenen the Son of Ra Ramesses beloved of Amun, who Ra created to make Heliopolis festive and to provide the sanctuaries of him who created him with food offerings the Lord of the two lands User-Ma'at-Ra Ramesses beloved of Amun granted all life like Amun. The Horus, high of white crown beloved of Ra, the King of Upper and Lower Egypt Men-Kheper-Ra the golden Horus. Contended with strength who smites the rulers of foreign lands and attacks him, according to his father Ra has ordained victory against every other land and strength in his efforts  to extend the boundaries of Egypt, the Son of Ra Thutmose granted life forever. The Horus strong bull son of Ra, the King of Upper and Lower Egypt User-Ma'at-Ra chosen of Ra, he of the two goddesses. Protector of Egypt and curbed of foreign lands the son of Ra Ramesses, a valiant king with his arms in the presents of every land, the Lord of the two lands User-Ma'at-Ra chosen of Ra, the Son of Ra, Ramesses, beloved of Amun granted life like Ra.
West Side The Horus, strong Bull son of Khepri, the King of Upper and Lower Egypt User-Ma'at-Ra chosen of Ra, the golden Horus the mighty in years and great of victories the son of Ramesses beloved of Amun who came forth from the womb in order to receive the crown of Ra, who created him sole lord of the two lands, User-Ma'at-Ra chosen of Ra, the son of Ra, Ramesses beloved of Amun one serviceable to Ra and granted life like Ra. The Horus, strong bull appearing in Thebes, he of the two lands, Goddesses, enduring in Kingship like Ra in heaven, bodily son of Atum who the mistress of Heliopolis bore to him Thutmose, who they created in the temple in the beauty of their members, knowing that he would exercise enduring kingship through eternity, the King of Upper and Lower Egypt Men-Kheper-Ra beloved of Atum the great god together with his Ennead, granted all life and stability and dominion over Ra for ever. The Horus, strong Bull beloved of Ra, King of Upper and Lower Egypt, User-Ma'at-Ra, chosen of Ra, Ra created by the gods who founded the two lands , the son of Ra Ramesses beloved of Amun, the noble youth beloved like Aten when he shines on the horizon , the Lord of the Two Lands, User-Ma'at-Ra, chosen of Ra, Ramesses beloved of Amun one serviceable to Ra and granted life like Ra.
South Side The Horus strong bull son of Ra, the King of Upper and Lower Egypt User-Ma'at-Ra chosen of Ra, he of the two goddesses. Protector of Egypt and curbed of foreign lands the son of Ra, Ramesses beloved of Amun a king excellent like Ra the lord of the Two Lands User-Ma'at-Ra chosen of Ra the son of Ra Ramesses beloved of Amun. The Horus, strong Bull beloved of Ra the King of Upper and Lower Egypt, Men-Kheper-Ra made (it) as his monument for his father Atum, Lord of Heliopolis creating for him two great obelisks who's inscriptions are of fine gold... Heliopolis....(the son of Ra Thutmose), may he live forever. The Horus, strong Bull loving truth the King of Upper and Lower Egypt User-Ma'at-Ra, Chosen of Ra Lord of festivals like his father Ptah-Tatenen the Son of Ra Ramesses beloved of Amun, veritable god star of the Two Lands who is versed in the laws and is worthy in (his) actions and the Lord of the Two Lands User-Ma'at-Ra the son of Ra Ramesses beloved of Amun granted life.

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