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.

circa 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. The statue was found in a layer corresponding to the year c. 1700 BCE.

circa 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).

circa 1700 BCE

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