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Thursday, June 12, 2014
Back Home from London: 12 ancient Egyptian artifacts recovered after winning a lawsuit
embassy in London has received 12 ancient Egyptian artifacts stolen and
illegally smuggled out of the country after the 2011 revolution
after winning a lawsuit in court in London, Egypt's embassy in the UK received
12 ancient Egyptian artefacts that were stolen and illegally smuggled out of
the country in the aftermath of the January 2011 revolution.
of Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim, who described the court verdict as
"historic," told Ahram Online that the artefacts in question are now
in the Egyptian embassy and are due to arrive in Cairo at the end of June.
artefacts include a granite relief depicting a Nubian scene that was a
decorative element at the base of a statue of King Amenhotep III discovered in
2000 by a German archaeological mission at the king's funerary temple in
Luxor's West Bank.
also include a limestone New Kingdom head of a cobra beneath the sun disk and
the lotus flower, a Middle Kingdom bust of a yet unidentified man with a long
wig, and a nine centimeter tall limestone head of a woman with a short wig.
the most distinguished objects, said Ali Ahmed, head of the section of the
antiquities ministry responsible for recuperating stolen artefacts, are part of
a New Kingdom limestone relief depicting a standing person crossing his hands
on his chest, and another relief painted in red and yellow.
pointed out that these objects were found by his section on the list of Bonhams
and Christies auction halls in London. The ministry then undertook legal
procedures to recover the artefacts.