Egypt discovers 2,500-year-old statuette of god Nefertum


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  • Friday, 02 Oct 2020

CAIRO, Oct. 1 (Xinhua) -- An Egyptian archeological mission unearthed on Thursday a carved statuette of ancient Egyptian god Nefertum at Saqqara necropolis of Giza province near the capital Cairo, said the Egyptian ministry of tourism and antiquities in a statement.

Found beside recently discovered wooden coffins, the 35-centimeter tall statuette is made of bronze and inlaid with precious stones, red agate, turquoise and lapis lazuli. It has a colorful crown-like lotus flower shape on its head.

Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities and head of the mission, said that the statuette dates back to the 26th Dynasty that ruled Egypt over 2,500 years ago.

He pointed out that the name of the statuette's owner, an ancient priest known as Badi Amun, is engraved on its base.

Over the past month, Egypt announced the discovery of dozens of intact coffins inside an 11-meter-deep burial shaft at Saqqara necropolis.

The ministry of tourism and antiquities will reveal more details about the huge discovery in a press conference on Saturday.

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