The colossus discovered last week in an eastern Cairo suburb almost certainly depicts Psamtek I, who ruled Egypt between 664 and 610 B.C.
Niña posa junto a una escultura descubierta recientemente en un barrio de El Cairo que podría sel del faraón Ramsés II, en El Cairo, Egipto, viernes 10 de marzo de 2017. (AP Foto/Amr Nabil), photo: AP/Amr Nabil
16 of March 2017 12:21:33
CAIRO – Egypt's antiquities minister says a massive statue recently discovered in Cairo and thought to be of one of the country's most famous pharaohs may actually be of another ancient Egyptian ruler.The minister, Khaled el-Anani, told a news conference Thursday that the colossus discovered last week in an eastern Cairo suburb almost certainly depicts Psamtek I, who ruled Egypt between 664 and 610 B.C.[caption id="attachment_52093" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] The tree-tonne torso is pulled out of a mud pit in Cairo. Photo: AP/Amr Nabil[/caption]El-Anani spoke in the front yard of the famed Egyptian museum in the heart of Cairo. Sitting just yards away from him were parts of the statue, including the torso and a partial head, which were ferried from the site to the museum early on Thursday.The statue was thought to be of Ramses II, who ruled Egypt more than 3,000 years ago.