Thursday, 23 March 2017

Queen Tiye statue found

via EEF
"The European Egyptian mission working in King
Amenhotep III funerary temple at Kom Al-Hittan area on Luxor west bank, has
uncovered a beautifully carved statue possibly of Queen Tiye.
Tiye was the wife of king Amenhotep III and grandmother
of the boy king Tutankhamun. The newly discovered statue is carved in alabaster
and uncovered beside the right leg of the lower part of a statue of her husband
King Amenhotep III. Minister of Antiquities, Dr. Khaled El-Enany describes the
queen statue as "beautiful, distinguished and unique." He said that
it is the first time to find an alabaster statue of Queen Tiye inside the
temple as all her previously discovered ones were carved in quartzite. Dr. Hourig
Sourouzian, Head of the mission said that the queen statue was accidentally
discovered while lifting up the lower part of king Amenhotep III colossus. The
Queen statue was found beside the right leg of the king's colossus. Dr.
Sourouzian asserted that the statue is in a very good
conservation condition and it still keeps its ancient colours. Consolidation
work and fine restoration are to be carried out on the statue."

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