Egyptian authorities have discovered a granite statue of the goddess Sekhmet belonging to the epoch of Pharaoh Amenhotep III (1390-1352 B.C.) in the ruined city of Luxor, some 700 kilometers (about 435 miles) south of Cairo.

The Egyptian Antiquities Ministry announced Tuesday in a communique that the statue was found inside the temple of the goddess Mut, near the famous Karnak temple complex.

The find was made during restoration work on the temple of Mut, which is not yet open to the public.

The statue, which measures 180 centimeters (71 inches) high, represents Sekhmet, who has the head of a lion but a human body, and it includes an image of the sun's disk and a cobra atop the goddess's head.

In addition, the figure is holding a flower in one hand and the so-called "key of life" in the other, common symbols in ancient Egyptian artwork depicting pharaohs and gods. EFE