Tuesday, December 10, 2013


EGYPT has recovered a statue of pharaoh Tutankhamun's sister looted from a museum near Antinoopolis during riots by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.

The 32 centimetre (12.6 inches) limestone statue of Ankhesamun, sister of the famous boy king and daughter of pharaoh Akhenaten, who ruled around 1,500 BC, was stolen on August 14 when a MOB LOOTED THE MALLAWI MUSEUM only a few kilometres from the city sacred to Antinous.

"The piece is one of the most important in the museum," said antiquities minister Mohamed Ibrahim in a statement.

Authorities have recovered 800 of the 1,050 artefacts stolen from the museum in southern Egypt during nationwide riots on August 14 after police clashed with Islamists in Cairo, he added.

Supporters of Morsi attacked the museum, police stations and Christian churches across the country after police dispersed two Islamist protest camps in Cairo, killing hundreds.

The minister also said that a statue dating back over 2,500 years that was stolen from the Cairo Museum during the 2011 revolt against Hosni Mubarak was found in Belgium.

The statue, that dates to the 26th dynasty, more than 500 BC, and made from earthenware was stolen on January 28, 2011, when looting and violence erupted in Cairo's iconic Tahrir Square, the epicentre of the anti-Mubarak revolt.

The piece was smuggled to Belgium where a French expert analysed it and contacted Egypt authorities.

In November, Egypt announced the recovery of 90 artefacts that had been put on sale by a Jerusalem auction house. Others pieces have been returned by Britain and Germany.

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