With 2 photos.
Egypt State Information ServiceAfter three years in the custody of the Mexican government for investigation, Egypt receives a 17x15cm-wide New Kingdom relief that had been smuggled out of the country illegally. The story of the relief began in 2006 when Mexican police caught a Mexican citizen in possession of the relief red-handed. An investigation proved the piece was Egyptian property.
The Foreign Ministry restored Monday an archeological piece from Mexico that was seized at the Mexican customs department five years ago.
The Assistant Foreign Minister for international cultural affairs, Sherif el-Kholy said, since then, Egypt has been exerting strenuous efforts to restore the piece and the Egyptian embassy filed a request to get the piece back.
El-Kholy said the piece, dating back to the Modern Dynasty, is a rock slab with an inscribed drawing of a man's head with a wig.
He stressed that more smuggled pieces from several foreign countries would be restored.