Tuesday, February 19, 2013
New Discovery, Luxor: Goddess Sekhmet First Granite Statue Unearthed
Tuesday 15/1/2013, announced the A.R.C.E (American Research Center in Egypt) mission working in Goddess Mut temple in south of Karnak complex in co-operation with Ministry of Antiquities, unearthed a granite statue of Goddess Sekhmet dated back to the time of Amenhotep III. said Minister of Antiquities Mohamed Ibraheem.
The 180cm tall statue 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. The team of US researchers was setting tiles in the second hall of the temple when it came across the masterpiece.
In Egyptian mythology, Sekhmet was originally the warrior goddess as well as goddess of healing for Upper Egypt. She is depicted as a lioness, the fiercest hunter known to the Egyptians. It was said that her breath created the desert. She was seen as the protector of the pharaohs and led them in warfare.
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 started excavation and conservation work.
The project was 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.