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Friday, February 18, 2011

Cairo teenager finds priceless statue in the trash

A 16-year old Cairo teenager found a priceless statue that had been stolen from the Egyptian Museum next to a rubbish bin in Cairo's Tahrir Square.
A Cairo teenager found a priceless statue of Pharaoh Akhenaton near a garbage bin after it was stolen from the Egyptian Museum during anti-regime protests, Egypt's antiquities chief said Thursday.


In addition to the Akhentaon statute, the missing Heart Scarab of Yuya was recovered near the museum gardens, where wooden fragments belonging to a damaged coffin were also found. A search team found one of the eleven missing shabtis of Yuya and Thuya underneath a showcase. Fragments belonging to the statue of Tutankhamun being carried by the goddess Menkaret have been found; all the located fragments belong to the figure of Menkaret.

The country still is sifting through the damage from the tumult of the past few weeks, however. Dr. Sabry Abdel Aziz, head of the Pharaonic Sector of the Ministry of State for Antiquities Affairs, reported Thursday that the tomb of Hetep-Ka in Saqqara was broken into, and the false door was stolen along with objects stored in the tomb. And in Abusir, a portion of the false door was stolen from the tomb of Re-Hotep.

The newly returned statue of Akhenaton had been displayed at the Egyptian Museum. It is about 3 inches high and depicts the king standing, wearing a blue crown, and holding an offering table in his hands. The statue is composed of limestone, with the exception of an Egyptian Alabaster base.


Akhenaton was a ruler of the 13th Dynasty. Last year, Egypt announced that DNA tests had confirmed him to be the father of famed King Tutankhamun.

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At 6:03 PM, Blogger Chrysler 300M said...

Egyptian antiques are better protected in NY, London, Berlin, Paris etc.


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