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Statue of Ramses The Great Unearthed in Aswan

Parts of a statue representing Ramses the Great were discovered in the Kom Ombo Temple.

Staff Writer

Statue of Ramses The Great Unearthed in Aswan

In the latest in a string of exciting archaeological finds all over Egypt, parts of a mural sandstone statue representing the famous Egyptian pharaoh, Ramses the Great, was found in Kom Ombo Temple, Aswan last Tuesday, as reported the Daily Mail. 

The artifact - which was discovered during a treatment project for underground water leakage - is believed to be seven meters high.

The statue is a representation of King Ramses the Great in the Azurian pose, with his hands intersected over his chest while holding an ankh, according to the head of the central administration of Upper Egypt, Mohamed Abdel Badea.

The head, which was found at the rear of the temple under the passageway which surrounds it, still retains some of its original red and yellow hues. The engravings found on the statue show the king accompanied by the ancient Egyptian gods Sobak and Horus which are the main Kom Ombo temple gods.

Ramses the Great - also known as Ramses II - was the third king of the 19th dynasty, and ruled Egypt between 1279 B.C. and 1213 B.C. which was the second longest reign in Ancient Egyptian history. Dubbed the Great, for having built more temples and monuments than any other pharaoh, Ramses II was also behind one of the oldest peace treaties in the history of the world. 

The discovery comes after the unearthing of an ancient 26th Dynasty cemetery in Minya this week.