Hallan seis piezas que faltaban de las estatuas de Amenhotep III y su esposa Tiye

Un grupo de arqueólogos ha descubierto seis piezas que faltaban de dos estatuas, una del faraón Amenhotep III (1410-1372 a.C.) y otra de su esposa Tiye, durante excavaciones en la ciudad meridional de Luxor.

 

Fuente: EFE, El Cairo | ABC.es, 9 de enero de 2011


La agencia oficial de noticias MENA informó hoy del hallazgo y destacó la importancia de las seis piezas, que completarán la enorme estatua de Amenhotep III y la de su esposa Tiye.

La estatua del faraón, que se encuentra en la actualidad en el Museo Egipcio en El Cairo, fue descubierta en 1889 en Luxor, unos 700 kilómetros al sur de la capital egipcia.

Las piezas ahora rescatadas incluyen una parte del pecho del rey, su corona, un trozo de la pierna derecha y dedos del pie derecho.

En cuanto a los fragmentos encontrados de la estatua de la reina Tiye, son partes de su peluca, sus dedos y sus brazos.

Se espera que las piezas halladas se trasladen en breve de Luxor a El Cairo para adjuntarlas a las estatuas correspondientes.

Amenhotep III, uno de los más destacados reyes de la dinastía XVIII, fue padre y abuelo de los faraones Akenatón y Tutankamón, respectivamente.

 

Pieces of Amenhotep III and Tiye statue found

By Dr. Hawass.com


Minister of Culture, Farouk Hosny announced today that six missing pieces from the colossal double statue of the 18th Dynasty King Amenhotep III and his wife Queen Tiye, have been discovered at the Medinet Habu on Luxor’s west bank. The double statue is currently a centerpiece of the main hall at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

 

Foto: A piece of Queen Tiye’s wig from the colossal double statue of Amenhotep III and Tiye that is in the main hall of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. This piece of the wig is one of six missing fragments that was recently uncovered at the temple of Medinet Habu on the west bank of Luxor. (Photo: Meghan E. Strong).

 

The missing pieces were uncovered 130 years after Mariette discovered the double statue in 1889 at Medinet Habu. The fragments were found during excavation work by an Egyptian team under the direction of Dr. Zahi Hawass, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA).

Hawass said that when the statue was first discovered an Italian team restored the statue and filled in the missing pieces with modern stonework. The pieces from Amenhotep III that were recovered come from the right side of his chest, nemes headdress, and leg. The pieces of Queen Tiye that were uncovered include a section of her wig, and pieces.

Foto: Two pieces of limestone, representing part of the hand and fingers of Queen Tiye from the colossal double statue of Amenhotep III and Tiye. (Photo: Meghan E. Strong) from her left arm, fingers and foot.

 

A small section of the base of the double statue was also found. The measurements of the six missing fragments range from 47cm to 103cm. These pieces are currently being held at the site of Medinet Habu, in one of the side courts, on the west bank, but will soon be relocated to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo for restoration and placement into the colossal statue.

 
Archaeologist, Abdel Ghaffar Wagdy, the supervisor of the excavation at the site in Luxor, said that the pieces of statuary were found as part of a project to lower the ground water on the west bank of Luxor. These six pieces are only a few of nearly 1,000 statuary fragments that have been found dating from the Pharaonic to the Coptic era. All the pieces that have been found to date are being stored in the west bank magazines for documentation and restoration.

 

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Comentario por José Luis Santos Fernández el enero 11, 2011 a las 12:00pm

The Mortuary Temple of Amenhotep III (Featuring Dr. Hourig Sourouzian) 

Credits: Dr. Hourig Sourouzian, Sandro Vannini, Nico Piazza.

 

 

Dr Hourig Sourouzian explains the excavations and work being carried out at the Mortuary Temple of Amenhotep III, a mortuary monument ten times bigger than any other in Egypt. However, the temple's close proximity to the River Nile left it exposed to flooding, and the temple collapsed within 200 years of being constructed. Dr Sourouzian explains her goal is to restore every object found at the temple to its original position, and create detailed maps and models of how the building might once have looked.

 

Here we are at the temple of Amenhotep III. It is the funerary temple of a king who lived during the first half of the 14th Century B.C. It is a time when Egypt is at the pinnacle of its glory, its expansion and its power. During his reign, which lasted 39 years, the king built here, in the Theban area the biggest temple ever seen, which stretched from the Memnon Colossi all the way to the modern road that runs in front of the Antiquities Office for a total length of 700 meters. Compared to the other temples found in this area, this was truly 10 times bigger.

All that was contained in the temple was really extravagant. It was something extraordinary. The temple walls have all been destroyed, but whatever was inside is still there. The work we do here is not only about advancing our historical knowledge, but also saving the last remains of a temple that was once very prestigious that unfortunately was managed very badly.

I believe that in less than 20 years we will have achieved our objectives here. We would never attempt to rebuild the temple, that would be foolish to try and impossible to do. But what we can do is virtual reconstructions using modern tools like the computer. We will make models and maps. And we will showcase what has survived after restoring every piece to its original position within the temple. And finally we will make an open-air museum, where we will display all the beautiful statues of the Lion Goddess, Sekhmet.

Regarding the raw materials used here, because of the rich era when temple was built, all the quarries of Egypt were at the king's disposal. So we can find some rare and beautiful stones, like quartzite.


I must pay homage to the great Amenhotep who has built something truly magnificent and never seen before by working on a scale that had never been achieved before, pushing the envelope without forgetting to mention that artistically this represent an apex.

We have submitted a request to the World Monument Fund to have this site enlisted as one of the world's most endangered monuments as a part of the 'World Monuments Watch' list since the year 1998/99 – we are there together with another 1,100 monuments – and again in the year 2004.

Comentario por Ruth Elisabeth Gómez Pastor el enero 14, 2011 a las 1:10am
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