3,300-Year-Old Giant Sphinx Statue Found in Egypt

KOMPAS.com – Archaeologists have found two giant Sphinx statues, which were built some 3,300 years ago while trying to restore the burial temple of King Amenhotep III in Egypt.

According to Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, the find is near the modern city of Luxor, known as the ‘Temple of Millions of Years’.

Reported from Business Insider, Saturday (22/1/2022), the mission to restore the burial temple was carried out by Egyptian and German archaeologists.

At that time they found a giant statue of the Sphinx which was half submerged in water in the temple.

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The team also found three black granite statues of Dewi Sekhmet, the goddess of war associated with healing. This goddess is often depicted as part of a lion.

“The remains of the walls and pillars are decorated with inscriptions that cover parts of the ceremonial and ritualistic,” said the unnamed ministry official.

The head of the Egyptian-German tomb restoration mission, Dr Horig Sorosian, explained that the giant Sphinx statue shows the location of the procession used to celebrate festivals during the ancient Egyptian empire.

He said, after the statues were cleaned and restored, archaeologists found an inscription that reads the lover of the god Amun-Re on the chest of the Sphinx.

According to them, the god Amun-Re is the sun god who is often depicted as the Sphinx itself.

On the other hand, ministry officials describe that King Amenhotep III was a Pharaoh who ruled Egypt about 3,300 years ago.

At this time, the country has a lot of gold so that it is considered prosperous and peaceful in the midst of international developments.

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The limestone statue measuring nearly 8 meters in size depicts King Amenhotep III in the form of the Sphinx, a mythological creature depicted as having the body of a lion and the head of a human.

To be known, King Amenhotep III was the 9th Pharaoh of the 18th dynasty.

The Amenhotep burial complex was built near the Nile around the ancient Egyptian capital, the burial site was later destroyed by an earthquake that hit the region.

The main purpose of the establishment of this cemetery was as a place of sacrifice for King Amenhotep III, after his death to go to the afterlife.

Meanwhile, efforts to restore the temple and the Colossi of Memnon, the two large stone statues of the Pharaoh, began in 1998 under the supervision of Egypt’s tourism ministry.

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