Days ago, the Egyptian-European expedition led by the Egyptologist Horig Sourouzian, discovered two busts of the goddess Sekhmet in the western area of the pillar rooms of the temple of King Amenhotep III at Kom El-Hitan, on the west bank of Luxor.
Sourouzian said that the expedition is working in the area to find something else that may have escaped them and that could be among the ruins. He recalled that they are not the first statues of the lioness goddess that have been unearthed in this area, pointing to the discoveries made during 2007 in which no less than six statuettes dedicated to the lioness goddess were found. He also recalled that 64 statues in many different sizes were unearthed.
For his part, Mamdoy Eldamaty, Egypt's Minister of Antiquities, affirmed that the first of the busts found is 174 centimeters high and the second is only 45 cm, but both stand out for having the face of the woman. lioness goddess Sekhmet.
This shows the important role played by this goddess during the rule of Amenhotep III, from the 18th dynasty, father of the king Akhenaten and grandfather of Tutankhamen. Additionally, Sekhmet was believed to be a protective goddess, but she was also the goddess of war and destruction.
Some Egyptologists are said to claim that King Amenhotep himself ordered the construction of many statues of Sekhmet trying to cure him of a disease that he suffered during his rule, since all Egyptians fully believed that Sekhmet had enough capacity to eliminate any class of critical illnesses.
They have not been the only statues unearthed, about a decade ago, the same was done with several statues of Amenhotep III and Queen Tiye, his wife. Now the research team has already raised its continuity to continue investigating more details that are waiting to be discovered in this area of Egypt and present their results to the international community.
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