They find 27 statues of the goddess Sekhmet in Egypt
The discovery took place during an excavation carried out by an Egyptian-European archaeological mission, inscribed in a conservation project of the temple of King Amenhotep III, one of the most important pharaohs of Ancient Egypt.

A collection of 27 statues of the Egyptian goddess with the head of a lion Sekhmet was found near the Colossi of Memnon in Luxor, the Minister of Antiquities announced on Sunday.

The discovery took place during an excavation carried out by an Egyptian-European archaeological mission, inscribed in a conservation project of the temple of King Amenhotep III, one of the most important pharaohs of Ancient Egypt.

The excavations began on November 7 and lasted until the end of the month, said Huring Suruzian, who heads the mission.

According to Mostafa Waziri, general secretary of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, some statues represent the goddess Sekhmet "sitting on the throne, holding the symbol of life in her left hand, or standing and holding the papyrus scepter in front of her chest" , the ministry statement said.

"The state of conservation of the statues is varied," said Suruzian. Some, found in the upper layers of the earth, present a good state.

The effigies are carved in black granite and can measure up to two meters, according to Mostafa Waziri.

Sejmet, a lioness goddess who personified the sun's destructive heat, was feared by her enemies for her devastating power.

The mission led by Suruzian discovered to date 287 statues of Sejmet since the beginning of the excavations in 1998.

Luxor, a city of half a million inhabitants on the banks of the Nile River in Upper Egypt, houses the archaeological remains of the ancient Egyptian capital of Thebes.

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