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Egyptian goddess found in temple dig

By Margaret Neighbour

Egyptologists have discovered two 3,400-year-old statues of the lion-headed goddess Sekhmet and a rare statue depicting a king with Nubian features, an archaeological conservation director said yesterday. Sekhmet, a war goddess, embodied the cruel powers of the sun and was also responsible for both curing and causing illness.

The excavation team believe the statues were excavated from elsewhere, then hidden at a temple in Luxor either to sell, or to protect them from robbers. One of the Sekhmet statues, made of granite and about 5ft high, was holding a symbol representing life and a scroll of papyrus. “It’s extremely beautiful. Only the feet are missing and the base,” said Dr Hourig Sourouzian, the director of the team that found the relics.

Read the original article at: The Scotsman

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