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Colossal statue of a hero, ‘Gilgamesh’, plaster cast, original in Khorsabad,late 8th c. BCE © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Vorderasiatisches Museum / photo: Olaf M. Teßmer

Prince Hemiunu, the architect of the Great Pyramid of Giza. Ca. 2570 BC. The extremely well-preserved seated statue is notable for its unusual realism, with Hemiunu's features only lightly stylised, and clearly based on his actual appearance. Equally, his body is frankly shown as flabby, with a notable accumulation of fat in the pectoral region.Hermiunu was son of Prince Nefermaat and his wife Itet grandson of Sneferu and relative of Khufu,the Old Kingdom pharaoh.

Standing Wood Gilded Statue of Lady Tuty - Egypt ca. 1390-1352 B.C.E. Ancient Egyptian men and women wore cones of perfumed grease on their heads that would would melt in the warm air and give off a sweet smell.

The Goddess Auset aka Isis Statute of Isis Suckling Horus; Bronze Karnak Late Period (664-332 B.C.) Egyptian Museum, Cairo for Mother's Day, 2012

Amenhotep II About two years before his death, Thutmose III appointed his 18-year-old son, Amenhotep II (ruled c. 1426–1400 bc), as coregent. Just prior to his father’s death, Amenhotep II set out on a campaign to an area in Syria near Kadesh, whose city-states were now caught up in the power struggle between Egypt and Mitanni; Amenhotep II killed seven princes and shipped their bodies back to Egypt to be suspended from the ramparts of Thebes and Napata.

Thousands of previously unknown prehistoric stone structures have been found in some of the most remote and unexplored regions of the Middle East, thanks to the use of satellite technology.