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Monday, June 15, 2015
Back Home, Germany: Egypt recovers 2,700-year-old statue from auction house
The upper part of the statue
Egypt stopped the sale of a 2,700 year-old Egyptian statue that was put up for
sale in a Germany-based auction hall, the Antiquities Ministry’s Restored
Artifacts Department (RAD) head Aly Ahmed told The Cairo Post Sunday.
statue, along with dozens of other ancient Egyptian artifacts was stolen from
the storerooms of the Antiquities Ministry in Aswan’s Elephantine Island, which
were looted in 2013,” said Ahmed.
4.5 inch-high statue was monitored on display at Aton Gallery for Egyptian Art
in Oberhausen city west of Germany, Ahmed said, it represents an ordinary man
standing and carrying an antelope over his shoulders.
statue was unearthed by a Swiss archaeological mission that carried out
Excavations at Khnum Temple on the Elephantine Island in 2008. It dates back to
the Late Period [(664B.C.-332 B.C.)], which ended with the conquest by
Alexander the Great and establishment of the Ptolemaic Dynasty,” said Ahmed.
the statue was monitored in the auction house, the Antiquities Ministry
reported the case to the Interpol to carry out comprehensive investigations to
verify how the artifacts left Egypt, Antiquities Minister Mamdouh al-Damaty was
quoted by Youm7 Sunday.
ministry asked the Interpol to contact the auction house in order to show the
artifact’s provenance. If it fails to prove ownership or show an export
certificate, the ministry would take legal steps to get the artifacts back to
Egypt,” said Damaty.
artifact’s provenances is a document that trace an artifact’s chain of
ownership back to its excavation, it is among the evidence required to prove
Egypt’s legibility, said Aly.
ancient sites have been targeted for thousands of years but the upheavals and
the security lapse following the 2011 revolution have helped looters and tomb
robbers target museums and several archaeological sites for treasures to sell
on the black market.