The statue, at 195cm high and 160cm wide, was found accidently during a routine excavation carried out by the joint mission. It was discovered in the so-called Great Temple area’s eastern side, inside the temple of cat goddess Bastet in Sharqiya’s Tel-Basta.
Antiquities Minister Mohamed Ibrahim explained that the newly-discovered statue depicts King Ramses II standing between the goddess Hathor and the god Petah. On its back, Ibrahim continued, a hieroglyphic text and the cartouche of the king are engraved.
Story: Nevine El-Aref, Ahram | Photo: Ahram