|The Seven Sacred Oils Relief (Courtesy of the Ministry of Antiquities)|
Sunday, March 6, 2016
Recovered Artifacts, Bern: Egyptian 'Seven Sacred Oils' Relief Recovered From Switzerland
The ancient Egyptian relief had been stolen and smuggled out of Egypt in the aftermath of the 2011 revolution. Written By/ Nevine El-Aref.
Saaban Abdel-Gawad, supervisor of the Repatriation Antiquities Section, told Ahram Online that the relief is dated to the Old Kingdom and is carved in limestone.
The relief was originally unearthed in 1996 in King Teti’s royal tomb at the Saqqara necropolis by an Australian-Egyptian excavation mission.
It includes a list of the sacred oils used in ancient Egypt including those used by the under-taker Anomeen.
Abdel-Gawad said that the relief was bought by a Swiss collector named Jean Claude Candour from a Belgian antiquities trader.
However, when Candour discovered that the relief was stolen and illegally smuggled out of Egypt in the aftermath of January 2011 revolution, he informed Swiss police, who took steps to return the relief to its homeland.