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Mykenna wrote at 2009-09-23 23:41:36
I am in an AP Art History Class. Our class has noticed it to, and many of the pharaohs have one clenched into a fist and one laying flat, I have looked everywhere and can not find an explanation

Gerry Day wrote at 2012-11-09 16:14:42
Having just returned from Egypt and asked the same question our Guide who was an egyptologist said that the clenched hands holding a 'stick' was to represent strength.  It was believed (allegedly) that any gap in the statue indicated weakness so you will also notice that where the statues had the left leg in front of the right leg the gap between the legs is filled in

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