Skip to comments.Life-size statue of king Ramses II found in Sharkiya
Posted on 10/05/2013 7:03:56 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Reports of missing objects from Cairo's Museum of Islamic Art A German-Egyptian excavation mission in the Nile Delta town of Tel-Basta unearthed today a life-size statue of the nineteenth dynasty king Ramses II carved in red granite.
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 Sharkiya'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.
Mohamed Abdel Maqsoud, head of the Ministry of State of Antiquities' (MSA) Ancient Egyptian department, added that the mission uncovered another statue carved in sand stone which depicts a yet-unidentified New Kingdom top official. A hieroglyphic text offering the statue to the goddesses bastet and sekhmet and the god horakhti is engraved on its back. This statue is 35cm in height and 25cm in width, according to Abdel Maqsoud.
"This is a very important discovery that sheds light on the history of Tel-Basta in general and on this area in particular," Abdel Maqsoud told Ahram Online. He added that the discovery, in addition to previous finds in the area, suggests that Tel-Basta was once home to a New Kingdom temple dedicated to King Ramses II, which might be uncovered in the future.
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Mohamed Abdel Maqsoud, head of the Ministry of State of Antiquities' (MSA) Ancient Egyptian department, added that the mission uncovered another statue carved in sand stone which depicts a yet-unidentified New Kingdom top official. A hieroglyphic text offering the statue to the goddesses bastet and sekhmet and the god horakhti is engraved on its back.
I'm sure there were other cultures that came and went but the Egyptians were something else. I've been there twice and am still amazed by their long-dead culture.
They had it all.
Then a muzzie immediately takes a sledgehammer to it...
The modern Egyptian line is that pharaonic Egypt was a cohesive whole, and never knew conquest, but that’s been known to be not true since cuneiform writing was cracked. There’s evidence from the Akkadian records (they were the early dynasty of the Assyrian Empire) that Egypt paid them tribute.
Besides the Intermediate Periods after the Old Kingdom and Middle Kingdom (and per the conventional timelines, the 3rd IP after the New Kingdom and the Ptolemaic or Late Kingdom) there were dynastic collapses, and separate independent states with competing pharaohs in different parts of the river basin. That was probably inevitable since the culture(s) was distributed the length of the Nile but only a few miles wide for most of that length.
That said, they developed three different systems of writing (depending on the era and the change of ethnic and cultural composition) and adopted the use of cuneiform for international diplomacy, having developed hieroglyphic writing no later than the 2nd dynasty, and examples of precursors of the characters go back to 3300 BC, it sez here. They continued to develop hieroglyphics until they’d invented thousands of characters, a good many of which remain unreadable, as they exist in single or just a handful of examples from a brief range of years.
Among the reasons for Egyptian mortality is dental problems, such as absesses, brought on by the residue of tiny bits of stone baked right into the bread, having got there during the grinding of grain into flour.
Eleanor of Acquitaine lived to be in her 80's...81-82, as history writes. Imagine that.
From the Internet: Eleanor of Aquitaine (French: Aliénor dAquitaine; Éléonore de Guyenne; 1122 or 1124 1 April 1204) was one of the wealthiest and most powerful women in western Europe during the High Middle Ages, a member of the Ramnufid dynasty of rulers in southwestern France. She became Duchess of Aquitaine in her own right while she was still a child, then later queen consort of France (11371152) and England (11541189). She was the patron of literary figures such as Wace, Benoît de Sainte-Maure, and Bernart de Ventadorn.
How come I never find cool stuff like this? ;)
There’s actually very little of that; typically the course of action for centuries has been robbing ancient burials of valuables, and more recently selling antiquities into private collections throughout the world. The muzzies concentrate on destroying Christianity, killing Christians, kidnapping and “marrying” underage Christian girls, burning and otherwise defacing churches, etc.
I have never heard of carvings and hieroglyphics on the back of the statues
Alas, these are usually found only in Egypt. ;’)
Rule #1- Look in the right places.
“Let my people go!”
The message got carved on any convenient surface, like these cool block statues popular during the 18th Dynasty; this one portrays Senenmut, lover and architect of the chick pharaoh Hatshepsut, shown here with their daughter Neferure.
There are other examples of these two, not in block form. There’s also this one of Senenmut by himself, in the block form:
On the bright side I have probably turned up more flat irons, hog scrapers and sloans liniment bottles than these guys ;)
By the time Ramses II was born, Moses had been dead for centuries. The canopic jars of Ramses II had their contents examined just a few years ago, and the radiocarbon dating of his guts turned out to be nearly 800 years “too young”.