April 27, 2011 by staff
This is one of the largest statues found at the time of Pharaoh, who is the grandfather of King Tutankhamun, reports Associated Press.
The statue of 42 feet was one of the two who were at the northern entrance to the funerary temple of 3,400-year-old on the west bank of the Nile, he says. A major earthquake damaged the temple in 27 BC.
The area is undergoing a major excavation.
The statue, which still lacks a head, is composed of seven large blocks of quartzite. It was first discovered in 1928 and rehidden then, the agency said Egypt’s antiquities.
It was found next to a statue of the goddess Sekhmet and one of the gods Thoth.
Archaeologists hope to find a twin of the statue soon.
Amenhotep III ruled in the 14th century BC.
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