Ramses IV returned the sarcophagus

29.03.2004

29.03.2004


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Egypt made public renovated the sarcophagus of the pharaoh Ramses VI and a statue of Queen Tiye — one of the few known female rulers of the ancient world. The sarcophagus was collected from 250 fragments, apparently scattered by ancient tomb robbers.

The tomb of Ramses VI — one of the largest in the Valley of the Kings, the ancient cemetery of the Egyptian pharaohs. Ramses VI rules about 3,100 years ago. The sarcophagus, carved in the shape of a mummy from a single block of greenish stone, this week has taken its place in the exhibition in the tomb of the pharaoh.

• Zahi Hawass, head of the Council of Antiquities of Egypt, shows the reconstructed sarcophagus in the tomb of Ramses IV

The restored lid shows a face with wide-set eyes and full lips, and crossed hands holding royal scepters. Most of the lid is absent and some fragments laterally supported by steel rods. Copied only the face. The original is on display in the British Museum. Restoration of the sarcophagus for two years engaged in 10 American, Canadian and Egyptian experts.

There also have been exposed to the statue of Amenhotep III, who ruled about 1372 BC and his wife, Queen Tiye, deified during his lifetime. The statues were partly buried in the mud of the Nile. The three-meter statue of Queen decorated wig and a long dress in her hands she holds a wreath of flowers and papyrus — symbols of royal power. According to the researchers, the findings "reflect the golden age of art and prosperity" during the reign of Amenhotep.

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