Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Enormous Statue of Amenhotep III Discovered at Luxor

A huge statue of Amenhotep III is being reconstructed from many pieces of red granite that were discovered in the southern part of the great courtyard of Amenhotep III's mortuary temple on the West Bank of the Nile at Luxor.  The 3000 year old smoothly polished red granite head depicts Amenhotep III with youthful features and the head is 2.5 metres high.

The statue of Amenhotep III that the head belongs to is in the standing position and wears the white crown of Upper Egypt.  Amenhotep III was a pharaoh of Ancient Egypt's glittering 18th Dynasty, who built many temples and monuments throughout Egypt.  He was also the father of the famous heretic pharaoh Akhenaten, and after recent DNA testing on the royal mummies, it is believed that he is the grandfather of Tutankhamen.

Read on for the whole news article on the discovery of the colossal statue of Amenhotep III

Colossi of Memnon, Mortuary Temple of Amenhotep III

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