The Egyptian archaeological mission, headed by Chief Inspector of Manawi Sayed Abdel-Malik Abdel Hamid, discovered a small royal sphinx statue. The discovery took place during the excavations at Kom al-Louly, in Tuna al-Gabal, Minya.
Jamal al-Samastawi, Director General of Middle Egyptian Antiquities, stated that the statue is made of limestone with a base 35 cm high. The sphinx’s face is exceptionally detailed, exhibiting beautiful features. The quality of craftsmanship reflects the skill of the ancient Egyptian artist.
The mission also found collections of amulets depicting the god Bes, as well as pot sherd ostraca, in different shapes and sizes. An alabaster vessel was discovered as well.
The archaeological mission will continue its work to pursue information about the state’s context. Excavations during the past three years in the area revealed a valley of mummies, a cemetery, and shaft tombs containing wooden coffins. All mummies are preserved in good condition.