Ramses II statue arrives at Egyptian Museum in Tahrir


Ramses II statue arrives at Egyptian Museum in Tahrir

But the minister explained that the statue's torso's back pillar preserved one of the five names of king Psamtek, according to local media outlet, Ahram online.

"We are not going to be categorical, but there is a strong possibility that it's of Psamtek I, " el-Anani told reporters in the front yard of the famed Egyptian museum in the heart of Cairo.

A HUGE statue believed to be of 3,000-year-old Ramses II is actually a depiction of a different Egyptian ruler, experts have revealed.

Ramses II was born in 1303 BC and ruled Egypt for 67 years from 1279 BC until 1212 BC.

Ramses was the third Pharaoh of the nineteenth dynasty.

The fragmented remains of the large statue were discovered in a pit of earth and a water by German and Egyptian archaeologists in Cairo's Matareya district earlier this month.

But at a showcase of the statues Thursday, Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Anani said that further analysis of the relics showed that they likely belonged to a later period and suggested that Psamtek I, a lesser-known Egyptian king who ruled from 664-610 B.C, was the probable subject. The tourism industry has yet to recover from the years of unrest following the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak.

Enany stressed that the statue's identity won't be conclusively known until the statue is restored.

A 9-meter (29-foot) quartzite statue was unearthed in Cairo last week, which at first glance was believed to depict the great Pharaoh Ramses II.

"It's important that we study the process of environmental adjustment for the statue".

They will be transferred to the Grand Egyptian Museum, which will open in 2018.

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