Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Thursday, February 17, 2011

Retrieved Akhenaten Offering Statue - Photo by Ahmed Amin
It is now official: the statues is back in the Egyptian Museum. I wanted to include the photograph to show that it is intact and in good condition (seemingly undamaged, other tham missing the offering tray, which the museum possesses as well). The full story is now on Dr Hawass' blog, with more photos.
Last night, at the Antiquities and Tourism Police station at Cairo Opera House, an archaeological committee headed by Dr. Youssef Khalifa, Director of the Stolen Antiquities Department of the Ministry, accepted the statue of Akhenaten from Dr. Abdel Rahman. The committee confirmed its authenticity and identified it as the missing sculpture. The piece was intact and undamaged, except that the offering table was missing; this had already been found separately inside the Egyptian Museum. Dr. Tarek El-Awady, Director General of the Egyptian Museum, Cairo, said that both pieces of the statue are now in the conservation lab and would be restored before being returned to its permanent case in the Amarna galleries


Kate Phizackerley said...

What is intriguing is that the damage to this statue was reported as slight - which is exactly the state it was returned in from outside the Museum. It makes me suspicious that it went missing after the original break in.


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