ARCHAEOLOGISTS have discovered 66 statues of an Egyptian war goddess believed to have been warding off evil from Amenhotep III’s temple.
Amenhotep III’s reign, believed to have been between 1386 to 1349 BC, is regarded as the peak of Egypt’s prosperity, power and splendor.
German scientists were surprised to discover the statues of goddess Sekhmet, along with during a restoration project in Luxor, the site of the ancient city of Thebes.
They discovered the statues while hunting for a temple wall separating two sites.
Sekhmet, often called “the powerful one” is the daughter of Egyptian sun god Ra and was believed to ward off evil and ill health.
Her influence was so great on the Egyptians that when the first pharaoh of the twelfth dynasty, Amenemhat I, moved the capital of Egypt to Itjtawy, her spiritual centre followed.
Some of the statues depict her standing and holding the symbol of life – a sceptre made of papyrus.