Gemstone-encrusted bronze statue of god Nefertum found in Egypt

Gemstone-encrusted bronze statue of god Nefertum found in Egypt


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The piece measures 35 centimeters high and contains an inscription with the name of its owner, a priest of the XXVI dynasty.

A group of archaeologists has found a bronze statue of the god Nefertum in Saqqara, an ancient necropolis of Memphis, located about 30 kilometers south of Cairo (Egypt), as reported this Thursday by the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities through its Official facebook page.

Dr. Mustafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities who heads said archaeological mission, indicated that the piece was located during the excavation work of a funerary well at adepth of 11 meters.

The 35-centimeter-tall statue is encrusted with precious stones such as red agate, turquoise, and lapis lazuli, as well as a lotus-flower-shaped crown on top. At its base is engraved the name of its owner, Badi Amun, a priest of the XXVI dynasty, which took place between 664 and 525 BC.


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