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Egyptian Statue Head Found in Israel Believe to Depict Pharaoh

Egyptian Statue Head Found in Israel Believe to Depict Pharaoh

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By    |   Wednesday, 06 September 2017 03:13 PM

The head of a 4,300-year-old Egyptian statue that was found in Israel is believed to be from a sculpture of an Egyptian pharaoh.

The sculpture was found smashed, which is believed to have occurred about 3,300 years ago after the city of Hazor, where the statue head was first discovered, was destroyed, according to Live Science.

It's not fully clear whether Israelis destroyed Hazor, but the ancient city was attacked and the sculpture was one of many that were crushed in the process, Live Science noted.

"The cracks indicate that the nose had been broken and the head detached from the rest of the sculpture before being shattered," Egyptologists Dimitri Laboury and Simon Connor wrote in a report that was published in the book "Hazor VII: The 1990-2012 Excavations, the Bronze Age."

"Interestingly, no other part of the statuette to which it had originally belonged was recovered at the site."

"Although most of the broken edges are sharp, suggesting, along with the fact that the head could be reconstructed almost in full, that it had been broken close to where it was found, the helix – or outer rim – of the right ear shows more weathered fractures, suggesting multiple phases of damage," Laboury and Connor added, according to the Daily Mail.

The statue head is made out of greywacke, which was used in the developmental stages of Egyptian art at the end of prehistoric times, the Daily Mail noted.

The discovery of the statue head has also brought up other questions about its history, according to Live Science.

"The history of the statue was surely quite complex, and the kingdom of Hazor must have been eager to use and display a prestige object connected to Egyptian royal imagery," Laboury and Connor wrote.

"The person depicted wears a short, close-fitting, curled cap wig, topped by a uraeus, the solar cobra that rises above the forehead of [a] pharaoh in ancient Egyptian iconography, thus identifying our character as a king of Egypt beyond any doubt," Laboury and Connor added.

The latest Egyptian statue fragment to be discovered at Hazor -- pharaoh's sphinx paws -- was found in 2013.

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