Luxor, 28 April 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA).
Egyptian archeologists have uncovered a monumental statue of pharaoh Amenhotep III during a dig near Luxor. According to the Supreme Council of Antiquities in Egypt, it is one of the largest representations of the pharaoh in existence.
The 43 foot quartzite statue, broken into seven pieces, was found in the mortuary temple of Amenhotep III, in Kom al-Hitan in southern Egypt. The archeological team is now cleaning, reassembling and restoring the different pieces and the search for the statue’s missing head is still on.
The expedition, led by archeologist and Egypt’s Minister of State for Antiquities, also found a statue of the goddess Sekhmet and the god Thot. The statue of Amenhotep III was found in the northern part of the temple and archeologists suspect that the effigy of the pharaoh was initially placed at the entrance to the building and later destroyed during the earthquake in 27 CE.
The temple was built during the eighteenth dynasty, in honour of Amenhotep III, the father of Akhenaton and grandfather of Tutankhamun. This mighty pharaoh reigned from 1390 to 1352 BCE and his mortuary temple is one of the most important monuments in Egypt.