An Egyptian-German archaeologist mission announced the discovery of a statue of Ramses II, one of the most significant figures of the Pharaonic modern kingdom that dates backs to the 19th dynasty in the Sharqiya city of Tal Basta.
The ancient statue, made of red granite, shows a height of 195 cm and width of 160 cm. It was unearthed during excavations near cat-shaped goddess Bastit temple, said Antiquities Minister Mohamed Ibrahim.
The piece shows Ramses II sitting between the Goddess Hathor and the God Betah, the minister said, adding that deep inscriptions with the King's name and some gods were found on its back.
The mission also uncovered a 35-cm statue of a civil servant that dates back to the first dynasty, said ministry official Mohamed Abdel-Maqsoud.
Inscriptions on the sandstone statue shows that it was gifted to goddesses Bastit, Sekhmet and Horakhty, he added.