An unidentified royal statue head found in Luxor

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An unidentified royal statue head found in Luxor

Post by DJKeefy » Fri Dec 27, 2013 11:23 am

The Egyptian-Spanish archaeological mission unearthed on Thursday a large granite head of a statue of an unidentified New Kingdom king during routine excavation at King Thutmose III’s funerary temple on Luxor’s west bank.

Mohamed Abdel-Maqsoud, head of the Ancient Egyptian Antiquities Section at the Ministry of State for Antiquities (MSA), explained that the head is 29.6cm high, 24.3cm wide and 26.9cm deep. The head depicts a round face of a royal figure, not identified yet, wearing a wig, with traces of a broken nose, and two long ears that each reach 8cm. The eyes, he continued, have traces of kohl, with thick eyebrows.

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Abdel-Maqsoud said that the head was found buried in sand in a pit on the northern side of the second court of the temple. Studies are underway in an attempt to determine which New Kingdom king it belongs to.

The temple of Thutmose III is a vey small temple located beside the temple of Queen Hatshepsut at Al Deir Al-Bahari. It was first discovered in February 1962 during routine restoration work carried out by a Polish excavation mission of the Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology led by archaeologist Kazimierz Michalowski.

The temple is poorly preserved and was dedicated to god Amun-Re. Although Thutmose III’s actual funerary temple Henkhet-Ankh is located a short distance away, such a temple had played some role within the king’s funerary cult.

Source: http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/90118.aspx


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Re: An unidentified royal statue head found in Luxor

Post by Jane Akshar » Fri Dec 27, 2013 11:35 am

That story is just a bit wrong as the temple is the one on the road and quite large. Myriam also says "I would like to say that there are some wrong information in this news. Preliminary studies indicate that could be the head of the statue of a deity or a private official. Future research will provide more information about its origin and meaning".
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Re: An unidentified royal statue head found in Luxor

Post by Who2 » Fri Dec 27, 2013 11:40 am

Now I get offered better stuff than that, the thing is you cannot tell the difference in the one above, or even one by a copyist.
Personally I prefer the skills of the artisan… :cool:
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Re: An unidentified royal statue head found in Luxor

Post by Kevininabydos » Fri Dec 27, 2013 9:16 pm

I would say it is rather presumptuous to say it is a "royal" head, it certainly looks to be wearing a wig rather than a nemes and no sign it ever had a uaeus.
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Re: An unidentified royal statue head found in Luxor

Post by Glyphdoctor » Fri Dec 27, 2013 9:31 pm

You would have to be a first year Egyptology student not to recognize it as a statue of a private individual. ;)

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Re: An unidentified royal statue head found in Luxor

Post by Bullet Magnet » Sat Dec 28, 2013 11:55 am

Looks like a black dude with braided hair to me.. Could have been anyone...

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Re: An unidentified royal statue head found in Luxor

Post by Dusak » Sat Dec 28, 2013 12:31 pm

That's the BM posts I remember from old. :up
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Re: An unidentified royal statue head found in Luxor

Post by Bullet Magnet » Sat Dec 28, 2013 2:38 pm

Well, I try not to overcomplicate things... :up But Why would a .... ???

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