Egyptian archaeologists have discovered a colossal ancient statue of the pharaonic deity of wisdom, Thoth, in the shape of a baboon, the council of antiquities said in a statement on Tuesday.
The four-metre tall statue was discovered in four pieces along with two statues while workers were lowering ground waters beneath Luxor to help preserve the city’s pharaonic temples, the statement said. It dates back to the 18th Dynasty, which ruled Egypt until 1292 BC.
‘It is the first time that a statue of Thoth, depicting him as a monkey, of this magnitude has been discovered,’ Mansur Boraik, head of pharaonic antiquities in Luxor, told AFP.
The statues were discovered near the temple of Amenhotep III, who ruled until 1372 BC.