The Set and its Remains
1923 photo of the second gate, note the face and head-dress of the relief statues of the pharaoh on either side of the entrance (see excavation photo below).
Exposed in 1990, this pharaoh
head (see eye and head-dress in center of photo) was revisited in 1998. It's
placement on the set wall can be seen in the photo above. It is situated under
several layers of formed plaster which represent other pieces of statuary from
The main gates to the Pharaoh's City were flanked by four seated statues of Ramses. Each statue was 3 stories tall and weighed 27 tons of hollow plaster. Note the lion's torso next to the pharaoh's legs. This lion assembly was part of the chair where the pharaoh sat (see archaeological discovery below)
Lion head and torso exposed in 1993 and reburied in the dunes awaiting proper funding and supplies for its safe removal and restoration. One of the 8 matching lion heads has been recovered from the site and is part of the exhibit currently located at the Guadalupe Dune Center.
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