Egypt repatriates 3,200 yr old wall relief from UK
CAIRO: The Egyptian Foreign Ministry announced Thursday it has repatriated a 3,200 year-old ancient Egyptian wall relief from the UK.
“The Egyptian embassy in London succeeded in restoring a painted limestone wall relief dating back to the 19th Dynasty (1292 B.C.-1189 B.C.) that was illegally smuggled from Egypt,” the foreign ministry stated Thursday.
The fragment was in possession of a British citizen, who bought the relief from a collector in the U.K., but after learning it was stolen and smuggled out of Egypt, he voluntarily decided to deliver it to the Egyptian embassy in London, said the statement.
“The artifact in question measure approximately 43cm (17.2 inches) by67 cm and shows sunken relief of Pharaoh Seti I making offerings before Anubis, the mummification God and Hathor, ancient Egyptian motherhood Goddess,” according to the statement.
Originally located in an ancient Egyptian temple in Upper Egypt’s governorate of Asyut, the limestone relief was smuggled out of Egypt in 1970.
During the past four years, Egypt has recovered over 1,600 artifacts and is currently working on other cases in many European countries, Ministry of Antiquities Museums Sector head Ahmed Sharaf previously told The Cairo Post.
“It is impossible to provide an accurate number of the artifacts that have been stolen since the January 25 Revolution,” he said.