Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Stolen bronze relics returned to Egyptian Museum

Ahram Online

With photos.

Today the tourism and antiquities police succeeded in retrieving four ancient Egyptian artefacts, two of which were reported missing from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir.

The criminals were caught red-handed.

Zahi Hawass, minister of state for antiquities affairs, assigned an archaeological committee headed by the Egyptian Museum Director, Tarek El-Awadi, to check on the authenticity of such pieces and whether they belong to the Egyptian museum.

Hawass told Ahram Online that the four bronze statutes date to the Late Period.

Al Masry Al Youm

With photo.
Four bronze relics were restored to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo on Monday, according to the Ministry of Antiquities. The items were among many relics stolen during the 25 January revolution that were restored with help of the antiquities police and the armed forces.

The ministry said in a statement that two of the relics depicted Osiris, while the other two depicted Harpocrates (Horus the younger). The statement said that another 31 artifacts are still missing.

The restored relics were found in a good state, according to the ministry, although the thieves removed the registration numbers on them to hide their original source.

The statement called on citizens to return all other missing antiquities and announced a reward of between LE5000 and LE50000 for any relics returned. Those returning relics will not be questioned on how they came across them, the statement said.

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