Avaris Statue

Found between 1986 and 1988, the remains of a monumental statue that seems to have belonged to a non-Egyptian ruler of Avaris. Dubbed as the "Statue of Joseph" seems to have belonged to a non-Egyptian ruler of Avaris. The statue was found in a layer corresponding to the year c. 1700 BCE.

Date Landscape Notes Reference
c. 1700 BCE In a robbers' pit sunk in to the chapel of Tomb 1, excavators found fragments of this colossal statue depicting an Asiatic dignitary.
c. 1700 BCE Pencil sketch reconstruction of the statue. The size of the seated figure is estimated to be 2 meters high and 1.5 meters in depth, about one and a half times life size. Over the statue’s right shoulder you can still see his “throw stick” i.e., the symbol of his rule. On the back – remarkably, you can still see evidence that this ruler was wearing a striped garment, made up of at least three colors: black, red and white. The skin was yellow, the traditional color of Asiatics in Egyptian art. It had a mushroom-shaped hairstyle, painted red, typical of that shown in Egyptian artwork for Asiatics. The statue had been intentionally smashed and defaced (Bietak 1996: 20–21)
Latest Update: April 01, 2018