Statue of Amenhotep III’s daughter discovered in Luxor
Minister of State for Antiquities Affairs Mohamed Ibrahim - YOUM7/Essam Elshamy

CAIRO: The Minister of Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim announced in a Friday press release the discovery of the statue of Iset, the daughter of King Amenhotep III in the Western mainland in Luxor governorate.

The statue, that has a height of 1.70 m and width of 52 cm, was discovered by the European mission in cooperation with the Ministry of Antiquities, during the a restoration project of the funerary temple of Amenhotep III and the statue of Memnon in Koum Heitan area in the Western mainland.

Ibrahim said that the discovered statue is part of a huge statue made from the Alabaster that was placed at the third gate of a temple for Amenhotep which faces the East.

The discovery has a great importance as it is the first time to discover a statue for both Amenhotep III and his daughter, added Ibrahim.

The head of Egyptian Antiquities department in the Ministry of Antiquities, Ali al-Asfar, said that the statue shows the king setting on his throne, his hands on his knees and his daughter stands between the legs.

Both the Amenhotep III and his daughters’ statues will be placed outside the Eastern gate of the third pylon gate east of the temple.

Originally published in Youm7

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