27 fragmented statues of lion-headed goddess found

Source:AFP Published: 2017/12/4 21:43:31

An Egyptian-European mission has discovered 27 fragmented statues of the lion-headed goddess Sekhmet across the Nile from Egypt's southern city of Luxor, the antiquities ministry said on Sunday.

The statues of the goddess, known as The Lady of War, were found in the ground at the Colossi of Memnon area on the city's west bank, which used to be a capital for ancient Egypt, the ministry said in a statement.

Sekhmet had the body of a woman and the head of a fierce lioness, with a headpiece featuring the sun disk, and was one of the goddesses known as Eyes of Ra, the sun god.

The newly found statues were about two meters tall and carved in black granite, the ministry said citing Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.

The statues had the goddess's head "crowned by a sundisk" while a cobra "adorns her forehead," Waziri was cited as saying.

Some were of Sekhmet "sitting on the throne, holding the symbol of life in her left hand" while others were of her "standing and holding the papyrus scepter," he added.

The excavation began on November 7 and lasted till the end of the month, said Hourig Sourouzian, who led the mission.

The mission found additional statues at the end of November, bringing the total number to 39, Sourouzian told AFP.

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