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THE UNDERGROUND LEVEL OF THE DUCAL COURTYARD:
EGYPTIAN SECTION OF THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM


THE EXCAVATIONS CONDUCTED BY ACHILLE VOGLIANO

Interesting information is also provided about the excavations conducted by Achille Vogliano at the temple of Isis-Thermuti in Medinet Madi (Fayyum) shortly before World War II. After bringing to light a magnificent temple dating from the Ptolemaic Dynasty (4th-1st centuries BC), archaeologist Achille Vogliano also discovered, carved onto the pillars, the Hymns that the Greek Isidoro composed in the 1st century BC to celebrate the goddess, as well as an earlier temple, dating back to the reign of pharaoh Amenemhat III (1842 - 1794 BC). On display within the room are exhibits of great archaeological interest, including sculptures from this temple, among which a handsome statue depicting pharaoh Amenemhat III, the base of a carved stone dating from between 1279 and 1212 BC, when Egypt was under pharaoh Ramesses II rule, a head of a sphinx dated to the Ptolemaic Dynasty and a statue of a temple priest dating from the Roman Age (1st-2nd centuries AD).



Statue of Amenemhat III, limestone, 12th dynasty (1842 through 1794 BC), from excavations conducted by Achille Vogliano at Medinet Madi between 1935 and 1936
Fragments of this statue were brought to light during two stages of the excavations. The statue depicts pharaoh Amenemhat, who wanted a temple built to honour the goddess cobra Isis-Thermuti. Cartouches bearing the name of the pharaoh are also visible, one on each side of its legs.

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