Skip to comments.Statue of Egyptian pharaoh found after nearly 3,600 years
Posted on 06/04/2005 9:03:10 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
Sat Jun 4, 4:45 PM ET
LUXOR, Egypt (AFP) - Buried for nearly 3,600 years, a rare statue of Egypt's King Neferhotep I has been brought to light in the ruins of Thebes by a team of French archaeologists.
Officials said on Saturday that the statue was unusual in that the king is depicted holding hands with a double of himself, although the second part of the carving remains under the sand and its form has been determined by the use of imaging equipment.
Archeologists unearthed the 1.8 metre (six foot) tall statue, as they were carrying out repairs around Karnak Temple in the southern city of Luxor, Egypt's antiquities chief Zahi Hawass told reporters.
Francois Larche, one of the team that found the limestone statue of the king, whose name means "beautiful and good", said it was lying about 1.6 metres below ground near an obelisk of Queen Hatshepsut, the only woman to have reigned as a pharoah in Egypt, ruling from 1504-1484 BC.
Karnak, now in the heart of Luxor, was built on the ruins of Thebes, the capital of ancient Egypt. The huge temple dedicated to the god Amon lies in the heart of a vast complex of religious buildings in the city, 700 kilometres (435 miles) south of Cairo.
The statue shows the king wearing a funeral mask and royal head cloth or nemes, said Larche.
The forehead bears an emblem of a cobra, which ancient Egyptians used as a symbol on the crown of the pharaohs. They believed that the cobra would spit fire at approaching enemies.
Larche said this was only the second time such a statue had been found in Egypt. A similar one was dug up during the excavations of the hidden treasures of Karnak from 1898 to 1904.
But it is not clear when or if the statue will be completely unearthed. It is blocked by the remnants of an ancient structure, possibly a gate.
"In order to pull it out, a structure on top of the statue has to be dismantled and then restored," said Larche, adding that permission from the Egyptian antiquities authorities was needed before the team could go ahead with plans to raise the statue.
"It's up to the Higher Council of Egyptian Antiquities to decide on the fate of the statue of Neferhotep I and whether it will be brought to light or left buried where it was found."
Neferhotep was the 22nd king of the 13th Dynasty. The son of a temple priest in Abydos, he ruled Egypt from 1696-1686 BC.
Experts believe his father's position helped him to ascend the throne, as there was no royal blood in his family.
Neferhotep was one of the few pharaohs whose name did not invoke the sun god, Re. It is written on a number of stones, including a document on his reign found in Aswan.
Under the bed? Between the sofa cushions? It's always the last place you look.
The mainstream media will claim it was his domestic partner.
sweet : )
My #2 dog is named Ra after the sun god.
I met a traveler from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read,
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed,
And on the pedestal these words appear:
"My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
Look upon my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
I can't read Ozymandias anymore without thinking of the WTC on 9/11.
My #12 dog is named mohammed after the...
... never mind ...
Some archeologists and historians believe that he might have been the Pharoah of the Exodus.
Then he drowned.
Well, biblically (from my understanding), the sea covered the Egyptian army--the chariot ranks and cavalry but not necessarily the Pharoah. I'm not pretending to know who was Pharoah around the time of the Exodus, but reading others' guesses is fun. From those who study what little is known of ancient Egypt, there are several different opinions on when Neferhotep I lived. I haven't found names of any archeologists, yet, who compare physical finds with biblical text (only mentions of "archeologists," so far). There are some "biblical historians" named, though. It appears that most (if not all) archeologists disagree with both biblical and secular historians to a great extent on dates.
This doesn't sound right.
If the statue is lying beneath, but not part of, an existing structure any good engineer would recommend tunneling to get at it.
Agreed, nobody knows who the pharoah of the Exodus was. I, like you, have studied the subject, and the arguments over dates and dynasties is intriguing.
So is the debate over ethncity of the pharoahs, which makes looking at their statues interesting. Young Neferhotep looks very African to me, but who knows? We do know that one of the pharoahs had a Israeli ex-con as his right-hand man.
The biblical account in Exodus mentions demise of the Egyptian army, but Psalms mentions Pharoah himself perishing in the sea. Thus my comment in the earlier post. It's an obscure passage, but it's definitely there. If you'd like, I'll find and post it later.
The article says "it was lying about 1.6 metres below ground near an obelisk of Queen Hatshepsut, the only woman to have reigned as a pharoah in Egypt, ruling from 1504-1484 BC." What about Cleopatra? Did she not qualify as Pharaoh?
Sure, but will they find his matching sock?
He was ahead of his time.
I just read in National Geographic that King Tut was/is Caucasian.
All American pigs should be named Mohammed.
Even then, there will still be fewer pig-Mohammeds than death-cult Moo Mohammeds.
And all American pork meals ("it's the other white meat!") should also be called mohammeds.
"Pass the Mohammed ribs, please. And some more sauce."
I didn't know about the entry in Psalms. Thanks!
Psalm 106 does an Exodus recap, including (vs.10-12) "not one of them survived," which is also what Exodus 14 says about Pharoah's "entire army".
Psalm 136:14-15 ". . . and brought Israel through the midst of it, . . .but swept Pharoah and his army into the Red Sea. . ." (NIV)
Excellent! Thanks. Digging out my National Geographic.
It's the June issue. Tut's reconstructed head is on the front page.
Cleopatra was the last Ptolemy, a Greek.
They would be more accurate to say the only Egyptian woman to rule Egypt.
(But there is debate as to Cleopatra's ethnicity as well.
Some claim she was part Black.)
The french are actually good for something- digging trenches.
I thought the cobra was the sign of upper Egypt?
The later pharohs had two symbols on their headdress,
the cobra for one and something else for lower Egypt.
Thanks again. Many of the theology sites mention that the mummy of Neferhotep I hasn't been found. ...interesting.
The article says "it was lying about 1.6 metres below ground near an obelisk of Queen Hatshepsut, the only woman to have reigned as a pharoah in Egypt, ruling from 1504-1484 BC." What about Cleopatra? Did she not qualify as Pharaoh?Hatshepsut ruled in her own right, apparently as a usurper (she began her reign as regent, then said to hell with that).
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Jeez, people. The pharoah of the Exodus was Yul Brenner.
a lotta new egyptian finds lately.
There is an excellent book on with an alternative dates theory called "Pharoahs and Kings." It is an easy read with some great charts. The author points out how much of the date assumptions made, are all based on one person's original date assumption, and how few question the premise.
Yeah, Zahi "Zowie" Hawass has a lot of backs bending, trying to uncover as much as possible.
FR thread related to your subthread here:
Pharoahs and Kings - A Test of Time
http://debate.org.uk/topics/history/rohl-1.htm | David M. Rohl
Posted on 07/31/2002 7:35:06 PM PDT by Scythian
Thanks for the links and title.
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