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New Amenhotep III Statue Unveiled


December 14, 2014

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Amenhotep III is in walking mode again for all to see.

Archaeologists have restored a collosal statue of the 18th Dynasty pharaoh at his funerary temple at Luxor, on the west bank of the Nile. An earthquake felled the statue more than 3,000 years ago.

Unlike other more famous statues of the pharaoh, known as the father of Akhenaten but also famous in his own right, this statue shows him striding. He is wearing the white crown of Upper egypt and wearing a falcon-head-handled dagger shogins his name. His name also appears on both papyri he is holding.

The 1200 B.C. earthquake broke the 110-ton statue into hundreds of pieces, 89 of them large.

Amenhotep III is also the pharaoh portrayed in the Memnon Collossi, twin statues that greet visitors to the famed Luxor complex. The pharaoh is seated in those statues, though.

Amenhotep III is also seated in two other statues unveiled earlier in 2014.

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