Stolen relief of Queen Hatshepsut's temple recovered from London
The limestone relief was stolen from Luxor and smuggled out of the country in 1975
Shaaban Abdel-Gawad, general supervisor of the ministry’s Antiquities Repatriation Department, told Ahram Online that the relief was stolen from the temple in 1975 and resurfaced earlier this month at a small auction hall in Spain, where is was bought by a British antiquities dealer.
Abdel-Gawad said that, in collaboration with the British Museum and Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Antiquities proved Egypt’s rightful ownership of the relief and repatriated it.
He explains that the relief was stolen from one of the most important and distinguished ancient Egyptian temples of the New Kingdom, and that it will be returned to its original place in the temple.
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