Atlantis Online
June 30, 2022, 08:48:26 am
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length
News: Secrets of ocean birth laid bare
  Home Help Arcade Gallery Links Staff List Calendar Login Register  

Amenhotep III & sun god Re-Horakhti statue unearthed at pharaoh's temple

Pages: [1]   Go Down
Author Topic: Amenhotep III & sun god Re-Horakhti statue unearthed at pharaoh's temple  (Read 260 times)
Trina Demario
Superhero Member
Posts: 3854

« on: November 05, 2010, 01:39:11 am »

Amenhotep III & sun god Re-Horakhti statue unearthed at pharaoh's funerary temple in Luxor
Submitted by Ann on Thu, 11/04/2010 - 15:08

Statue of Amenhotep III and sun god Re-Horakhti discovered a the pharaoh's funerary temple at Luxor
Statue of Amenhotep III and sun god Re-Horakhti discovered a the pharaoh's funerary temple at Luxor
Archaeologists today discovered the upper portion of a statue of Egyptian Pharaoh Amenhotep III at Luxor, Egypt.

The find – part of a double statue featuring King Amenhotep III with the falcon-headed sun god Re-Horakhti – was made at the pharaoh's funerary temple, located on the west bank of the Nile.

In a press statement, Egypt's Minister of Culture, Farouk Hosny said that the discovery was made during routine excavations at Amenhotep III's mortuary temple carried out by the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA).

The dig is supervised by Dr. Zahi Hawass, who thinks of the newly discovered statue as one of the best of the recent finds in the area, because of its expert craftsmanship which reflects the skills of the ancient Egyptian artisans.

Previously, the SCA mission already unearthed a double statue of the pharoah and the god Amun, several sculptures depicting the king with solar god Amun-Re and an unique granite colossus, depicting the god of wisdom Thoth in the form of a baboon.

“This is the first time that we have found a standing statue of the god Thoth,” said Dr. Hawass about the baboon statue.
Video: Saving Amenhotep III's Temple

18th Dynasty king Amenhotep III, (1390-1352BC) is well known for the overwhelming amount of statues dedicated to him, particularly group statuary featuring the king with the ancient Egyptian deities.

These include Amun-Re, Re-Horakhti, Bastet, Sobek, and – most frequently – Sekhmet, the ancient Egyptian goddess of healing (as well as destruction).

So far, more than 80 statues of the goddess have been unearthed by the Amenhotep III Temple Conservation Project, directed by Dr. Hourig Sourouzian (watch the video about the project on the left).

It has been suggested that the Sekhmet statues were erected because Amenhotep's failing health during the final years of his reign.

A number of group statues of Amenhotep III are still partially buried under private the farmland surrounding the temple. The government and the SCA are now trying to reach an agreement with the landowner to purchase the section so the statues can be fully excavated.

Check Related Content
3,000-year-old double statue of Pharaoh Amenhotep III discovered at his funerary temple in Luxor

    * Statue of ancient Egyptian god Thoth Discovered at Amenhotep III's Mortuary Temple
    * Colossal Head from Statue of King Tut's Granddad Found at Amenhotep III Funerary Temple Site
    * Tomb of ancient Egyptian priest Rudj-Ka discovered at Giza
    * Ancient Egyptian tomb of Karakhamun at Assasif: a major tomb for a minor priest?

Amenhotep III's funerary temple - famous for its Colossi of Memnon - was built closer to the Nile than any other temple in Thebes, right on the edge of the floodplain. Consequently, less than 200 years after the pharaoh's reign, it had almost completely collapsed, with most of its stones being removed from the site to be reused in other construction projects.

Leave a comment on this post
About The AuthorAnn Wuyts
Ann Wuyts (follow me: e-mail or RSS feed for Ann)
Last three pieces by this author:
TV: Psusennes I, the Silver Pharaoh (who ursurped Merenptah's sarcophagus) | The Scottish Ten: Fabulous 3D Images from the Neolithic Maeshowe tomb - Next Up is Rani Ki Vav Stepwell, India | 'Rare' Bronze Age hoard unearthed at Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex
Ann 'Vint' Wuyts is looking after the Heritage Key community and avatar health & entertainment. She is slightly fascinated by everything to do with 3D technology and what's commonly defined as 'Web 2.0'. When she grows up, Ann - eventually - wants to be a mummy. Favourite game: Buzzword Bingo /…
Report Spam   Logged

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

Pages: [1]   Go Up
Jump to:  

Powered by EzPortal
Bookmark this site! | Upgrade This Forum
SMF For Free - Create your own Forum
Powered by SMF | SMF © 2016, Simple Machines
Privacy Policy