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Pharaoh Amenophis III's giant head discovered in Luxor, Egypt


The Egyptian Ministry of Culture announced on February 28, 2010 that a giant red-granite head was found in Luxor, in the funerary temple of Amenophis, reproducing the image of the 3,000-year-old Pharaoh Amenophis III.

"The head is intact and measures 2.5 meters high", Zahi Hawass, director of the Egyptian Antiquities Department, said in a statement. "It is a masterpiece of great artistic quality, a portrait of the king with very fine sculpted features and full of youth", described.

The piece found is the head of a large statue representing the pharaoh standing with his arms crossed and with royal symbols in his hands. "We collected a large amount of red granite pieces from the statue in the southern part of the funerary temple of Amunhotep III. ", explained the head of the archaeological mission responsible for the discovery Hurig Suruzian, adding that the pieces are being restored.

Amenophis III, who ruled from 1390 to 1352 BC, was identified through DNA testing and computed tomography by scientists in several mummies such as Tutankhamen's grandfather, the young pharaoh, the result of an incestuous relationship between Akenaton and his sister, both descendants of Amenophis III. Akenaton is the "heretical pharaoh", considered a forerunner of monotheism for trying to impose on Egypt the exclusive cult of Aton.
Source: AFP Agency