Statue Fragment of Ancient Egyptian Official Found in Israel

Israeli archaeologists have found a large fragment of a limestone Egyptian statue dating to the third millennium BC at Tel-Hazor, site of the Biblical city Hazor.Only the lower part of the statue survived, depicting the crouching feet of a male figure, seated on a square base on which a few lines in the Egyptian hieroglyphic script are inscribed.

The fragment measures 18 x 16 inches (45 x 40 cm). The complete statue would equal the size of a fully-grown man.The statue was originally placed either in the official’s tomb or in a temple – most probably a temple of the Egyptian god Ptah and most of the texts inscribed on the statue’s base include words of praise to the official who may have served and most probably practiced his duties in the region of Memphis, the primary cult center of the god Ptah.

This statue fragment, together with the sphinx of the pyramid-building pharaoh Menkaure (who ruled Egypt in the 25th century BC) recovered three years ago, are the only monumental Egyptian statues found so far in second millennium contexts in the entire Levant.