2 colossal sphinxes discovered in Luxor

(ORDO NEWS) — They depict the pharaoh Amenhotep III.

An Egyptian-German archaeological mission led by Professor Khurig Suruzian, who excavated the memorial temple of King Amenhotep III in the ancient city of Luxor, discovered a large collection of huge pieces of limestone, which turned out to be the remains of ancient statues.

According to Mustafa Waziri, general secretary of the High Council of Antiquities, the mission found debris against walls and columns decorated with ceremonial and ritual scenes. Also among the discovered fragments were parts of two colossal limestone statues of King Amenhotep III in the form sphinx about eight meters long.

Crowns the pharaoh’s head nemes- the royal headdress, which served as one of the symbols of power of the Egyptian pharaohs. Also, the pharaoh is distinguished by a royal beard and a wide collar around his neck.

According to Vaziri, the statues were found at the back of the gate of the third building, after which they were thoroughly cleaned, strengthened and restored.

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The researchers were able to identify in the chest area of ​​one of the statues an inscription with the ending of Amenhotep’s name, which means “Beloved of the deity Amon Ra.”

The team also found three busts and three lower parts of the statues. lioness goddess Sekhmetin front of the open courtyard and in the great pillared hall of the temple. These fragments will be matched with other artefacts found earlier at the site in preparation for exhibiting the items at the temple in their original locations.

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Also found were fragments of sandstone wall decoration in a relief depicting scenes of Heb-sed, the jubilee feast of Amenhotep III, and scenes of offerings to various gods.

conservation project colossi of Memnon and the memorial temple of Amenhotep III has been carried out since 1998 under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and the German Archaeological Institute in Cairo.

The reign of Pharaoh Amenhotep III (1388-1351 BC) was marked by the peak of building activity in Luxor. His temple complex, called the “Temple of Millions of Years”, was built from Nubian sandstone. Unfortunately, the majestic complex fell into ruins as a result of a strong earthquake that swept the country during the time of Ancient Egypt.

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