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Statue Of Amenhotep III's Daughter Unearthed In Luxor

10 March, 2014

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"Archaeologists have discovered a new statue depicting the daughter of King Amenhotep III, Tutankhamun’s grandfather and ruler of Egypt over 3,000 years ago.

During routine excavation works at Amenhotep III's funerary temple in the Kom El-Hittan area on Luxor's west bank, a European archaeological mission uncovered the statue of the king's daughter Iset," reports AhramOnline.

The statue, which is 1.7m tall and 52cm wide, forms part of a huge, 14m high alabaster statute of Amenhotep III.

The statue of Princess Iset, the daughter of King Amenhotep |||, has been unearthed by a team of Egyptian and European archeologists. Photo credit: Reuters

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The nearly 2-metre tall alabaster statue of Amenhotep III's daughter, dating from approximately 1350 B.C., discovered outside the southern city of Luxor. Credit: AP Photo/Egypt's Antiquities Ministry

Minister of Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim told Ahram Online that several parts of the colossal Amenhotep statue had been unearthed during previous excavation seasons.

"It is a very important discovery because it is the first time to unearth a statue that shows the king with his daughter, alone without her mother, brothers or sister," Ibrahim said.

There are several extant statues that show Iset with all the members of her family.

Ali El-Asfar, head of the Ancient Egyptian antiquities sector at the Ministry of Antiquities, explains that the original colossus shows the king sitting on the throne with his hands on his legs, while between his leg stands Iset wearing a rounded wig and long tight garb.

The statue’s face has suffered serious damage due to erosion, and the statue’s legs are missing.

El-Asfar said that the Amenhotep III statue is being restored, and on completion the Iset statue will be installed in its original position between the king's legs. The colossus will be re-erected at its original position in the temple."

Amenhotep III, King of Egypt (1390-1352 BC) was the son and successor of Thutmose IV. The supposed divine nature of his birth is represented in a series of reliefs inside the Luxor Temple.

He inherited a vast empire, stretching from Syria to the Fifth Cataract of the Nile in Sudan, maintained through trade and diplomacy.

Historians dubbed this ruler "Amenhotep The Magnificent". However, Amenhotep II preferred to call him "the Dazzling Sun Disk."

Amenhotep III's reign was a time of wealth and stability. His only recorded military campaign was early in his reign, against Nubia, perhaps securing the supply of gold to Egypt.

He possibly undertook more building projects than even Ramesses II; they included the Serapeum at Saqqara, the Temple of Luxor and additions to the Temple of Karnak. He also had a palace and boating lake built at Malkata, and his mortuary temple on the west bank of the Nile at Thebes. There are probably more statues of this king than any other.

He also subsidised glass, faience and jewellery workshops.

His tomb is located in the valley to the west of the Valley of the Kings. His body has not been identified with certainty, but may have been among those re-buried in the tomb of Amenhotep II. The body in question suffered from ill health and obesity in later life."

Amenhotep III was the ninth ruler of the Eighteenth Dynasty. From his predecessors, he inherited a great and powerful empire, whose borders stretched from northern Syria to the Fifth Cataract of the Nile, in Sudan.

During his thirty-eight-year reign, Egypt was very wealthy. Luxor Temple and the Colossi of Memnon are only the most famous of the monuments that Amenhotep III erected throughout Egypt and northern Sudan.

No king of Egypt left more monuments, more proof of his greatness than Amenhotep III. Historians dubbed this ruler "Amenhotep The Magnificent".

However, Amenhotep II preferred to call him "the Dazzling Sun Disk."

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