Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Friday, February 04, 2011

http://www.algerie360.com/algerie/des-statues-de-%C2%AB-dieux-%C2%BB-egyptiens-recuperees-a-chlef-ramses-ii-a-400-millions-et-akhenaton-a-500-millions-de-centimes/

This second article corroborates the first one, and includes a photo.  It is worth opening that photo up separately in your browser as you will see that there are five statues, not two (and something I cannot identify).  I would guess one of the others is possibly Nefertiti: only the backs of two are visible.  There are traces of blue paint on one of the statues. 

The police knew the gang was smuggling antiquities and set out to catch them in the act.  They clearly succeeded.

The statues are in very good condition.  Either they have come out of a top collection, or they are fakes.  It's hard to tell from the photo, unless somebody recognises them.

My thanks to Elisabeth for finding this article and sharing it with me.

10 comments:

tonic said...

for me it's false statues !

Kate Phizackerley said...

I want a closer look when I'm on a screen larger than 4", but fake was also my first reaction.

Ingeborg W. said...

Agreed. They don't look like the real thing. But still kudo's to Algerian police to be vigilant about this.

Kate Phizackerley said...

Absolutely kudos to the police. It may take experts time to assess the statues. The police really should be commended.

roger hubert said...

These are fake statues. (Note high placment of ears and crude carving of lips, ears, etc, not in any ancient style.) Your first reaction Kate, was absolutely right. However, it is not uncommon for smugglers to put one authentic piece in with a group of fakes to get by customs or borders. Perhaps the photo is not a match for the event? There are tourist items made which can have labels stating whom the piece represents. (Maybe thus the attributions?) Well-meaning officials in another country might not know the difference, but at least on alert is important point to be commended as you mention. And local Egyptians putting themselves in danger to protect museums and historic sites during profound national crisis, says much.

tim said...

OOOH Yuk very tacky, Well at least we can stop worrying about stolen statues in Algeria but should be more concerned about getting someone in Algeria a course on appreciating Egyptian art!

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