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    Ancient Statue Which Was Pulled From The Mud In Cairo Is Not The Pharaoh Ramses

    Ancient Statue Which Was Pulled From The Mud In Cairo Is Not The Pharaoh Ramses II, But Could Be Another King, Egypt’s Antiquities Minister Has Said.



    Khaled el-Anani told a news conference the statue was almost certainly Psamtek I, who ruled between 664 and 610BC. Experts had thought the statue was Ramses, who ruled 600 years earlier, because it was close to a temple dedicated to the ruler. But one of Psamtek’s five names was found engraved on the huge statue. Even so, the find is still significant, Mr Anani said.

    “If it belongs to this king, then it is the largest statue of the Late Period that was ever discovered in Egypt,” Ahram Online reported him as saying.


    The discovery was made after they moved the statue – which was nine metres (29ft) tall originally – from a wasteland in between apartment blocks on the site of the ancient capital, Heliopolis, to the Egyptian museum in central Cairo. It was found by an Egyptian-German archaeological team, and was partially submerged in water, and had split into a number of parts. Its torso alone weighed three tonnes. The Ministry of Antiquities said it hoped the two parts could be put back together again.


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  • Ichingcarpenter (4171 posts)
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    1. Could it be older than Ramses ?

    In ancient Egypt, Heliopolis (Cario) was a regional center from predynastic times.

    It was principally notable as the cult center of the sun god Atum, who came to be identified with Ra[ and then Horus. Priests maintained that Atum or Ra was the first being, rising self-created from the primeval waters.

    Psamtik I had five names two were the same as even more ancient pharaohs  taken from the old kingdom, way before Rames . His main base of operations was not Heliopolis. The style of the statue found is not reminiscent of the stone egyptian statuary of 600 bc.  This pharaoh was not known for his giant statues.

    I would like to see the inscription on this statue to see if its a cartouche or an inscription. I can’t find that information so far.


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    2. The Ministry of Antiquities acknowledge that the stonework art is archaizing

    ”This date explains the puzzling features of different ancient stylistic details since the Late Period, which is known
    for its archaizing art”. ………… translated to english.




    onsciously imitating a word or a style of language or art that is very old or old-fashioned.
    “archaizing poetry”