Archaeologists discover 66 statues of Sekhmet in Luxor
Dozens of statues depicting a lion-headed warrior goddess have been unearthed at the temple of Amenhotep III، where they were arranged thousands of years ago to protect the ruler from evil.
Researchers with a German archaeological mission in Egypt discovered 66 well-preserved statues of Sekhmet near Luxor، the site of the ancient city Thebes.
The statues show the goddess in both the sitting and standing position، holding a sceptre of the papyrus flower and the symbol of life.
Archaeologists with the Colossi of Memnon and Amenhotep III Temple Conservation Project، led by Dr Hourig Sourouzian، discovered the statues during restoration efforts at the funerary temple of Amenhotep III، according to the Ministry of Antiquities’ official Facebook page.
Sekhmet was thought to be a powerful goddess، and the ancient pharaoh requested many statues be made in her image to protect the temple from danger.
Each of the 66 statues is made from diorite stone، a material that was also used to build temples، according to the archaeologists.
The statues have managed to withstand the years even after a devastating earthquake destroyed the temple، and the team says their discovery is of great technical، scientific، and archaeological value.
Researchers made the remarkable discovery while carrying out a mission to find remains of a temple wall between the patio and a hall of columns.
They also found a large statue of Amenhotep III.
Now، the team is working to restore the collection، and they say all will be returned to their original temple locations once finished.
Just last year، Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities revealed the discovery of six statues of the goddess Sekhmet، all carved in black granite.