An Egyptian-German archeological mission working in the Koam al-Hetan area of Luxor, in southern Egypt, has discovered an impressive statue of Horus that is excellently preserved, the researchers have recently revealed through a statement by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities.
The statue of the ancient Egyptian god was unearthed during excavations of the remains of The House of Millions of Years temple for Amenhotep III. In it, Horus is represented with a hawk’s head and a kilt.
The statue is made of black granite and measures 1.85 meters in height, revealed Fathy Yassin, Director General of West Luxor Antiquities.
Although the statue is in good condition, its arms and legs are broken off.
The finding was carried out in the context of a long-term restoration project of the Colossi of Memnon and the temple of King Amenhotep III (or Amenophis III), which began in 1998 under the supervision of the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities and the German Archaeological Institute.
The goal of the project is to preserve the remains of the temple and work on rebuilding it again.
The recently uncovered statute of Horus has an important artistic, scientific and archaeological value, and will help represent once again the fill image of the temple, which collapsed after a catastrophic earthquake struck the region in the twenty-eighth century BC,” revealed co-head of the Egyptian-German mission Horig Sorosyan.
The stones of the temple were used in ancient times to construct other monuments and royal temples.
The recently uncovered statue will now be restored, and archaeologists will search the area for possible fragments of the statue, as well as other objects that may have belonged to the temple.
Previous excavations of the Egyptian-German archaeological expedition revealed a significant number of ancient statues of other deities of the same temple. The experts recovered items representing the lioness goddess Sekhmet, which is believed to have defended the pharaoh against his enemies, and protect the temple of evil, as well as sickness or misfortune.
The researchers also discovered statues depicting Amenhotep III, and his wife Queen T.
It was said that her breath formed the desert. Sekhmet was seen as the protector of the pharaohs and led them in warfare. Upon death, Sekhmet continued to protect them, bearing them to the afterlife.
Recent archaeological missions across Egypt have yielded incredible discoveries as experts have found a number of ancient tombs, statues, coffins, and well-preserved ancient mummies.