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Arts Culture Egypt Unveils 'Rare' Ancient Pharaoh Bust

Egypt Unveils 'Rare' Ancient Pharaoh Bust

Egypt Unveils 'Rare' Ancient Pharaoh Bust
By Relaxnews
December 12, 2019
A "rare" bust of a statue of the pharaoh Ramses II has been discovered near Giza, south of Cairo, the Egyptian Antiquities Ministry announced Wednesday.
This picture taken on September 21, 2019 shows a close-up view of the colossus of ancient Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses II, at its permanent display spot in the newly-built Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) in Giza on the southwestern outskirts of the capital Cairo. (Photo by Mohamed el-Shahed / AFP)
This picture taken on September 21, 2019 shows a close-up view of the colossus of ancient Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses II, at its permanent display spot in the newly-built Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) in Giza on the southwestern outskirts of the capital Cairo. (Photo by Mohamed el-Shahed / AFP)

The statue is the first rose granite bust of Ramses II found that includes the "ka" symbol, according to a statement from the ministry, which described the find as "rare".

Ka represented in ancient Egypt the spirit of a human or god that could reside in a statue of the person or deity after death.

The excavation last week by a ministry team took place on private land in Mit Rahina near the site of the ancient city of Memphis around 30 kilometres (20 miles) south of Cairo, the statement added.

This statue of Ramses II, one of the most famous pharaohs of the 19th dynasty (1301-1236 BC), measures 105 centimetres high and 55 centimetres wide.

Egypt has in recent years sought to promote archaeological discoveries across the country in a bid to revive tourism, which took a hit from the turmoil that followed its 2011 uprising.
 

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