Monday, 1 March 2010

Amenhotep III

This is the best preserved sculpture of the head of Amenhotep III - Tutankhamun's grandaddy - ever unearthed. Only a section of chin is missing. It is 3,000 years old and was recently excavated from the ruins of the pharaoh's mortuary temple in the southern city of Luxor. Carved from red granite, it measures 8ft (2.5 of those Euro thingies) and is part of a much larger statue which experts intend to reconstruct. Amenhotep III ruled Egypt from about 1387 to 1348 BC. I've rotated the original photo, so you can see the face clearly.


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