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Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Back Home: German returns statuette to Egypt
Ushabti funerary statuette - Photo courtesy of TNN Egypt
According to his late mother’s will, a German national voluntarily returned an
ancient Egyptian Ushabti funerary statuette, which will be displayed at the
Egyptian Museum, head of the Antiquities Ministry’s Restored Artifacts
Department Ali Ahmed told The Cairo Post Wednesday.
to Ahmed, the German man, currently living in South Africa, called officials at
the Egyptian Embassy in South Africa earlier this month expressing his wish to
fulfill his mother’s will and hand over the figurine to the Egyptian
German individual told the embassy that his mother, who died in 2012, had
purchased the statuette from an antiquity trader in the west bank of Luxor
during a trip to Egypt in 1995.
12 centimeter-high statuette is in a good state of preservation with its
original outstanding blue and green colors. It has been examined by a committee
of archaeologists who confirmed its authenticity,” said Ahmed. It
will be on display at the restored artifacts section at the Egyptian Museum in
Cairo, he added.
figures, from an ancient Egyptian term meaning ‘to answer,’ were placed inside
tombs, pyramids and graves for the purpose of serving the pharaoh in the
afterlife, Dean of Minya University’s Faculty of Tourism and Hotels
archaeologist Sherif el-Sabban told The Cairo Post Thursday.
the New Kingdom Period, [1580 B.C.-1080B.C.], 365 statuettes were placed inside
each tomb in order to ensure the pharaoh’s afterlife demands would be met all
through the year. Ushabtis are usually carved with inscriptions asserting their
readiness to serve the deceased,” said Sabban.