CAIRO: A set of eight ancient statues of the Egyptian war Goddess Sekhmet have been unearthed in Luxor, the Antiquities Ministry announced Tuesday.
The black granite statues were discovered during excavation work carried out by the joint Egyptian-European mission working on the site of Amenhotep III in Kom al Hitan in the west bank of Luxor, the ministry stated.
“Six of the statues represent the lioness-headed goddess seated on a throne of Egypt and holding the Ankh (The key of light) in her right hand. Three out of the six statues are complete and well preserved, one only has its upper half, while the other two have only lower parts preserved,” Horig Sourouzian, head of the mission was quoted in the statement.
The other two statues represent Sekhmet standing holding a scepter in her left hand and Ankh in her right hand, said Sourouzian.
After restoration and documentation, all the statues will be on display at the site scheduled to be inaugurated after a few years.
“This is not the first time statues of the lioness goddess have been unearthed at Kom Al-Hittan as it has previously discovered over 60 statues of the same goddesses,” according to Damaty.
The mission aims to produce a virtual reconstruction of the temple with its original layout, Sourouzian told The Cairo Post in 2014.
“The temple is 10 times bigger than other mortuary temples in the west bank. It used to be 700,100 meters. All its walls have been destroyed, but whatever was inside is still there. Our job is to save the temple that was once prestigious, but unfortunately was very badly damaged. I believe within 20 years, we will have achieved our objectives here,” Sourouzian said in a video at www.discoveringegypt.com.
Amenhotep III, the ninth pharaoh of the 18th Dynasty, ruled Egypt from 1386 B.C. to 1349 B.C. and his reign is believed to have marked the political and cultural zenith of ancient Egyptian civilization.