(CNN) – Many of the ancient bronze statues and sarcophagi well -preserved in Egypt’s Saqqara were unveiled to the public on Monday, the Egyptian Ministry of Commerce and Antiquities said in a statement.
Geologists have seen the relics of Egyptian monarchs buried in the necropolis of Saqqara in the past, but the most recent discovery marks the earliest and largest discovery of bronze statues. there from the Late Period, or the 5th century BC.
The 150 statues have been compared to those of the pharaonic gods – including the guardian of the tombs, Anubis; The god of the work of that day, Nefertem; and the god of the sun and of the sky, Amun.
They were spotted by an Egyptian archaeological missionary working from 2018 at the site, located 18 miles south of Cairo.
Ancient bronze statues found in Egypt’s Saqqara were unveiled to the public on Monday.
Chamber of Antiquities of Egypt
Archaeologists have also found bronze vessels, believed to have been used during prayers for the goddess of fat, Isis, the statement said.
Some 250 colored, wooden sarcophagi with well -preserved mummies, wooden sculptures, wooden masks with gold paint and cat paintings were seen by the missionary.
The missionary also found a treasure trove of artifacts seen during the New Kingdom from 15 BC, including bronze mirrors, bracelets, necklaces, earrings and ankles.
The photographs released by the agency included bronze statues and boxes displayed to the public in Saqqara.
Top photo: The colored sarcophagi seen in Egypt’s Saqqara was unveiled to the public on Monday. (Former Minister of Egypt)