This diorite statue of Khafre was found by Mariette in the Granite temple near the Sphinx. It currently resides in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.
‘Khafri’ is seated his hands stretched over his knees. A hawk standing on the back of the seat envelopes the head with its wings image of RA, who protects his son ‘Pharaon’.
One asks how the Egyptian artists could model with so much suppleness a material as rebellious to the chisel as diorite. All the details of limbs and body are given with fidelity and marvellous strength. Calmness and power marks the whole. MASPERO
The arms of the throne terminate in lions heads. At the sides of the seat are papyrus and lotus plants intertwined around the symbol of union which indicates the junction of Upper and Lower Egypt.
In side chambers leading off a main corridor cut in the rock are 24 massive sacophagi weighing between 60 and 80 tonnes. This is one of finest, highly polished with hieroglyphs and a 'palace facade' motive.