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Ancient Black Granite Statue Recovered in Egypt

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Egypt statue recovered ASWAN, EGYPT—Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh Eldamaty announced that police in Edfu recovered a black granite colossus of King Amenhotep III from a home in the village of Al-Nakhl while they were pursuing illegal weapons and drugs. Ahram Online reports that the statue depicts the 18th Dynasty king, who is wearing a short skirt and a headdress, standing with his left leg forward. Hieroglyphic texts are engraved on the back of the statue, and its base bears the king’s titles. The statue is being restored and examined in Edfu and will eventually be transferred to Luxor Museum. To read about a recent discovery regarding Egyptian paintings, go to "Hidden Blues."

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