The Recovered Ushabti Figurine
Thursday, September 8, 2016
Recovered Artifacts, Mexico: Egyptian Statuette Recovered from Mexico is Authentic - Antiquities Ministry
Shabab Abdel-Gawad, the head of the Antiquities Repatriation Department, told Ahram Online that the statuette was found one month ago by Mexican citizen at his newly purchased house. The citizen handed over the statuette to the Egyptian embassy in Mexico.
After its return to Egypt, the artifact was studied by an archaeological committee of curators and restorers from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir.
Abdel-Gawad says that the artifact, which has been dated to the 19th dynasty, was smuggled out of the country following illegal excavation.
The statuette is carved in wood and engraved with hieroglyphic text showing the deceased name “Ra-Nes” and that "he was honest". The artifact is currently undergoing restoration at the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir.