Upper part of a statue of Thutmose III

18th Dynasty, New Kingdom

This fine indurated limestone (marble) torso was uncovered during excavations conducted by Edouard Naville at the mortuary temple of Mentuhotep II at Deir el-Bahri. The color on the nemes headdress contrasts vividly with the shimmering white stone, left unpainted for the skin color. The face, removed in antiquity, was subsequently recovered and is now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo, which has graciously provided a cast of the face; was painted to match the original by Donald Jensen.

(Source: The Met Museum)

3,400-Year-Old Underwater Temple from Era of Thutmosis III Discovered near Cairo

The Minister of Antiquities in Egypt has announced the discovery of an ancient Egyptian temple near Cairo, from the time of Pharaoh Thutmose III.  The ancient temple was found beneath a house, submerged under groundwater, by a group of looters who used divin

g equipment to explore the nine-meter deep ruins. Seven tablets, two blocks covered in hieroglyphics, several column bases and a huge statue of a seated person made of pink granite have been unearthed so far.

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Pharaoh Thutmosis-era temple found by accident in Egypt

A 3,400-year-old underwater temple from the time of Pharaoh Thutmosis III, one of Egypt’s greatest warrior kings, has been uncovered near Cairo.

By Louisa Loveluck, Cairo

8:02PM GMT 31 Oct 2014

A group of suspected looters unearthed a 3,400-year-old underwater temple buried under a house in the Nile Delta.

The temple, which was found 40km from Cairo in the town of Badrashin, dates from the time of Pharaoh Thutmosis III, one of Egypt’s greatest warrior kings.

Egypt’s antiquities ministry said a team of experts have taken over the excavation, aided by state-owned behemoth the Arab Contractors Company.

Seven men, who discovered the temple in groundwater after digging to a depth of nine metres, were briefly detained but released as the area is not recognised as a heritage site. The evacuation was unauthorised and it is unclear why they were searching the area.

Seven tablets, several column bases and a statue made of pink granite have been unearthed so far, according to antiquities minister Mahmoud al-Damaty.

Ensemble of Rosettes

c.1479-1425 BC

18th Dynasty, New Kingdom

These rosettes from the funerary equipment of three foreign wives of Thutmose III have been displayed in various ways, since they came to the Metropolitan Museum in 1926. Most familiar to previous viewers is their reconstruction as part of a wig cover with as the head piece. Such a cover was first suggested by Herbert E. Winlock in 1937 and later modified. According to present understanding, the joining of the rosettes to the gold disk and the use of strands of rosettes as a wig cover are uncertain.

(Source: The Metropolitan Museum)

Statue of Tuthmosis IV

18th Dynasty

c.1400-1390 BC

New Kingdom

Bronze statuette of Tuthmosis IV: Thutmosis IV is depicted in an offering pose, kneeling and holding two large ‘nw’-pots forward at just above waist height. He wears the ‘nemes’ headdress with a uraeus cobra, its head missing, which rises just above the forehead band. Its body forms two asymmetrical curves at the front of the king’s head, then runs straight over the top to the crown of the head. The modeling of the king’s torso is indistinct - made more so by the overcleaning of the surface of the bronze. The traditional royal ‘shendyt’ kilt is belted by a wide diamond-patterned belt, in the central rectangle of which the hieroglyphic signs of the king’s prenomen, written without a cartouche, are somewhat awkwardly inscribed.
Distinctive facial features of Thutmosis IV are clearly incorporated in this small statuette: high cheekbones and a square jaw, a brow line flat near the nose, narrow almond-shaped eyes, a long nose that broadens at the nostrils nearly to the width of his mouth, and an upper lip that is thicker and more prominent than the lower. The brow and eye-rim inlays, partly missing, are apparently silver, and the sclera of the eye is calcite, painted black to mark the iris.

(Source: The British Museum)