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Ancient Artifacts Stolen In Egypt

Cairo Museum pillaged by thieves

Hazel Heyer, eTN  Feb 13, 2011

Dr. Zahi Hawass, Minister of State for Antiquities Affairs, announced today that the staff of the database department at the Egyptian Museum, Cairo has given him their report on the inventory of objects at the museum following the break in. Sadly, he said, they have found out objects are missing from the museum.

The objects missing are a gilded wood statue of the 18th Dynasty king Tutankhamun"1336-1327 BC" being carried by a goddess; a gilded wood statue of Tutankhamun harpooning. Only the torso and upper limbs of the king are missing from this object; a limestone statue of Akhenaten holding an offering table; a statue of Nefertiti making offerings; a sandstone head of an Amarna princess; a stone statuette of a scribe from Amarna; eleven wooden shabti statuettes of Yuya; and a Heart Scarab of Yuya.

Hawass asserted that an investigation has begun to search for the people who have taken these objects, and the police and army plan to follow up with the criminals already in custody.

In another terrible turn of events, on the night of 11 February, 2011 a magazine in Dahshur was broken into; it is called De Morgan’s. This magazine contains large blocks and small artifacts.

Cairo Museum pillaged by thieves
Statue of the 18th Dynasty king Tutankhamun being carried by a goddess / Image via Griffith Institut

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