Restoration begins of more King Ramses II statues at Luxor Temple

Statue of Ramses II. (Shutterstock)
Updated 16 September 2019

Restoration begins of more King Ramses II statues at Luxor Temple

  • The remains and blocks of these statues were discovered between 1958 and 1961 during the excavations of the archaeologist Dr. Mohamed Abdel-Kader.

CAIRO: Egypt has begun a new international project in Luxor with the collection, restoration and reinstallation of two statues of King Ramses II.

The plan follows the restoration and assembly during the past three years of three statues of the ruler at Luxor Temple.

During his recent visit to Luxor, Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Khaled Al-Anani gave the green light for the restoration of two more statues of the pharaonic king at the western side of the temple.

Ahmed Arabi, managing director of the temple, said the statues belong to the 19th Dynasty and are made from red granite.

The remains and blocks of these statues were discovered between 1958 and 1961 during the excavations of the archaeologist Dr. Mohamed Abdel-Kader.

The statues, which fell apart years ago, have raised controversy after their restoration. This arises from the fact that one of the recently restored statues stands in the Osirian position, the “death position” of the ancient Egyptians, in which the statue’s feet are equal. That runs contrary to the tradition followed in all Egyptian temples, which is not to put the statues of kings in this position.

Director of the temple Ahmed Arabi said that his department had presented the idea of restoring the three statues. “We recently found pieces of the two other statues of Ramses II in the western facade of the temple. They will also be installed in the same place where they were found.” 

Arabi said that the statues will be renovated in cooperation with the Egyptian archaeological mission led by Dr. Mustafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, under the supervision of Ahmed Badr El-Din, of Luxor Temple, and the Chicago Institute of Oriental Archaeology headed by Dr. Ray Johnson. Work has already begun by studying the two statues, assembling their blocks, and documenting and photographing them. Each statue is seven meters high, again in the Osirian position.

Dr. Waziri confirmed that the two new statues have been placed next to the other statues in preparation for restoration, pointing out that there is writing on one of the pieces bearing the name Ramses II. The pieces include the upper half of a statue, two parts from the shoulders overlapping each other, the dress and the statues’ necks. It also has parts of the face.

King Ramses II is one of the most famous monarchs of ancient Egypt, ruling from 1279 to 1213 BC.


Nasab club to provide 30 businesses with complimentary workspaces

Updated 13 July 2020

Nasab club to provide 30 businesses with complimentary workspaces

  • Dubai’s sleek, creative workspace launches the Nasab Recovery Programme to help local businesses in a post-COVID environment

DUBAI: Located in the lush environs of Al Barari, a twenty-minute drive from Downtown Dubai, Nasab by KOA is an artfully designed workspace and social club with a vision to change the way creatives work and innovate. Founded by Mohammed Zaal, CEO of real estate company KOA, Nasab launched in February 2019, back when the current turmoil wrought globally by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) was unthinkable.

Designed by architect Tarik Al-Zaharna and featuring the sleek interiors of British designer Fran Hickman, an office at Nasab provides business owners with an inspiring place to work, surrounded by nature, along with a host of creative initiatives allowing them to connect easily with like-minded individuals.

Nasab by Koa was designed by architect Tarik Al-Zaharna and features the sleek interiors of British designer Fran Hickman. Supplied

“We have spent the last few weeks liaising with our members on a one-to-one basis, as we believe that it is businesses who take care of their customers that will survive this most difficult of times,” said Zaal to Arab News. “We know that what is in our control is how we extend practical compassion, warmth and support to the wider entrepreneurial community.”

The COVID-19 situation has had a devastating impact on the UAE’s business community. To counter the negative impact, the Nasab Recovery Programme provides up to 30 eligible businesses with complimentary offices and workspaces for 6 months.

An office at Nasab provides business owners with an inspiring place to work, surrounded by nature. Supplied

“Our main aim throughout the development of Nasab has been to provide a space where creatives, entrepreneurs and like-minded individuals have a place to set up homes-away-from-home,” Zaal said. “We want to keep this spirit alive through the Nasab Recovery Programme. Our hope is that the program provides a much-needed space for those who shape and contribute to the creative industry: entrepreneurs, leaders in tech, art, design and fashion. The team have worked extraordinarily hard to create an incredible space; we can’t wait to now see the community grow within it.”

Nasab believes that growth of the UAE’s economic and cultural fabric is dependent on homegrown businesses.

Nasab by KOA is an artfully designed workspace and social club with a vision to change the way creatives work and innovate. Supplied

“We were the first members club to close down, having done so voluntarily before the full stay-at-home order,” added Zaal. “We were more cautious than others, and we feel it was the right thing to do, to put people over profits.”

Applications for the program are now open and should be submitted by July 15, 2020. Please visit: https://nasabdubai.com/recovery/