Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Colossal statue of Amenhotep III unearthed

A colossal statue of King Amenhotep III as been unearthed at his funerary temple on the west bank of the Nile near Luxor, according to a statement released on Tuesday by Egypt's Ministry of State for Antiquities.

Measuring 1.20 metres (3.9 feet) in height, the well-preserved face of the pharaoh has been described by antiquities minister Zahi Hawass as "a masterpiece of royal portraiture."

Finely carved in alabaster, a stone hewn in the quarries of Hatnub in Middle Egypt, the sculpture shows King Amenhotep III seated, wearing the Nemes headdress (a striped headcloth that pharaohs put on), a pleated kilt and a royal beard.

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