Unique Bust of Ramses II Unearthed in Giza
An Egyptian archaeological mission, affiliated to the Antiquities Ministry, discovered on Wednesday a red granite royal bust of King Ramses II during excavations on privately owned land in Mit Rahina village in Giza.
Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri said an archaeological rescue mission found an upper part of a rare pink granite “Ka” statue of King Ramses II, which is a symbol of power, life force, and spirit.
“This discovery is considered one of the rarest archaeological discoveries. It is the first-ever Ka statue made of granite to be discovered. The only Ka statue that was previously found is made of wood and it belongs to one of the kings of the 13th dynasty of ancient Egypt which is displayed at the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square,” according to Waziri.
The discovered bust is 105 cm tall, 55 cm wide and 45 cm thick.
The mission also unearthed a collection of enormous red granite and limestone blocks engraved with inscriptions showing King Ramses II during the Heb-Sed Festival.
The bust and the blocks were moved to the Mit Rahina open-air museum for restoration, and excavations will continue at the site.
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