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NEWS: Rare old Kingdom statue discovered in Aswan

The lower part of a royal statue showing the name of the pharaoh Sahure (Source: Luxor Times).

Dr. Mamdouh El Damaty, Minister of Antiquities, has announced the discovery of lower part of a royal statue showing the name of King “Sahure”, second King of the 5th Dynasty in the Old Kingdom.

The statue block was unearthed during the excavations of the Belgian mission at El-Kab (15km north of Edfu) in the Aswan governorate. The mission is directed by Dr. Dirk Huyge (Royal Museums of Art and History, Brussels).

Dr. Mahmoud Afifi, head of the Egyptian Antiquities department, said ” The discovered limestone statue base measures 21.7cm in height and is probably part of a 70cm high statue.”

The minister emphasised the importance of the discover as there are only two statues of King Sahure, one of which is on display at the Metropolitan Museum in the USA  and the other at the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir” – via Luxor Times.


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