One thing that is frustrating me is identifying precisely which objects were stolen. For instance, which of the two Tutankhamun with Harpoon statues is with the Golden Age of the Pharaohs exhibition (and safe) and which was in the Egyptian Museum (and therefore smashed and stolen)?
In an email to me, Noel O'Neill has made progress with the head of an Amarna Princess, saying:
All the photos on line are showing the Amarna princess head JE 44870, but that head is with the Tutankhamun exhibition. I have the DVD of the exhibition and two books of exhibition. both books show the same head and museum number, so the head is not in Cairo. This head can not be stolen head.
If we want people to be on the look out, we need to identify the correct items. There are a lot of Amarna Princess heads out there and for the stolen head especially it is important that a photo is circulated. For what it is worth, I am personally extremely disappointed and frustrated that three days after the thefts were announced that the Director of the Museum hasn't published high definition curatorial photographs and catalogue numbers of all the items. I know they are busy but it is hard to imagine what could be more important than making sure accurate and precise photographs are in circulation and shared freely. It is not just the head. Which ushabti was recovered? The Tutankhamu with Harpoon statue could be in fragments - precisely what pieces does the museum still have so that the art world knows what is missing? There are rumours that the Goddess from the Goddess Carrying Tutankhamun statue has been recovered, but I haven't been able to follow that up. Again, the Museum Director should ensure the details are on the SCA Website (or Ministry of Antiquities) and kept up to date at least daily with any updates. (There is a "Stolen Treasures" page, but it doesn't even list the newly missing items.) Isn't that the job of a museum director? Isn't his first responsibility to his collection? It wouldn't matter if the damaged articles didn't go back on display at once; that can wait. Circulating photographs is urgent. Enough time was wasted reporting the theft. Maybe there were reasons for the delay? I cannot see any good reason now though for the delays in ensuring that photographs of the missing items are circulated. If their own websites are down for any reason, get photographs and details out to a third party, even by email and somebody will publish them. Or put them on Facebook.
The same applies to the other known stolen items, i.e. the eight missing amulents from the magazine at Dashur. How is the world supposed to identify those just from the word "amulet". Again, photographs should have been circulated by now - and surely, at the least, the international community could be told a little more about them? What Period are they from? What size are they? There must be some sort of record? Surely?