The two ancient Egyptian objects were saved for the nation when the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) succeeded in halting their sale in
Londonand respectively as part of its campaign to stamp out the trade in illegally-smuggled artefacts. Amsterdam
The first object, which was listed for sale at Bonham's auction hall in
, is an inscribed limestone relief that was chopped off the tomb wall of the 26th-Dynasty nobleman Mutirdis. . . . London
The relief appeared in Bonham's sale catalogue two weeks ago, and Hawass immediately wrote to the auction house requesting that the sale be stopped as the relief had been stolen and smuggled out of
In the second case, a green 19th-Dynasty ushabti figure of a woman named Hener was removed from sale by auction with the help of
Egypt's ambassador to . Holland
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