Friday, 14 January 2011

Six missing pieces from statue of wealthy pharaoh found in Luxor

Six missing pieces from the colossal double statue of the 18th Dynasty King Amenhotep III and his wife Queen Tiye have been discovered at the king’s mortuary temple on Luxor’s west bank.

The fragments were recently discovered during excavation work by a team of Egyptian archaeologists working under the direction of Dr Zahi Hawass, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA).

According to an announcement made by Dr Hawass on his blog, the pieces from Amenhotep III's statue that were recovered come from the right side of his chest, nemes headdress, and leg. Fragments of a statue of Queen Tiye include a section of her wig, and pieces from her left arm, fingers and foot. A small section of the base of the double statue was also found. The measurements of the six missing fragments range from 47cm to 103cm.

Read more: Digital Journal

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