CAIRO – Egyptian authorities have discovered a granite statue of the goddess Sekhmet belonging to the epoch of Pharaoh Amenhotep III (1390-1352 B.C.) in the ruined city of Luxor, decease some 700 kilometers (about 435 miles) south of Cairo. The find was made during restoration work on the temple of Mut, which is not yet open to the public.
In May 2012, ARCE and Ministry State of Antiquities begun a project to restore and develop Mut temple and the surrounding area to open for public as it was closed since 1976 when ARCE (American Research Center in Egypt) started excavation and conservation work.
Dr.Mohamed Ibrahim, Minister State of Antiquities, announced that the ARCE mission working in Mut temple in the Karnak complex in co-operation with Ministry of Antiquities, unearthed the 180cm (71 inches) tall statue that represents Goddess Sekhmet in a human body with a lioness head crowned with the Sun disc and cobra holding an Ankh in her right hand and Lotus flower in her left hand.
It was unearthed during the installing of floor tiles in the second court of the temple. The original plan for the project was a year and it is planned to be open for public in March in line with the opening of a part of the Sphinx Avenue between Luxor and Karnak temples.
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