Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Thursday, February 03, 2011

This is a story from the Times of Algeria.  I have repeated the full Google translation of the article:

Two statues of pharaohs from Egypt were seized by elements of the National Gendarmerie on Friday in the wilaya of Chlef.  These are the statues of the pharaoh Akhenaten and the pharaoh Ramses II who were smuggled into Algeria. According to the communication unit of the command of the Gendarmerie Nationale, these two statuettes were recovered on a Peugeot 406 car which was stopped on a stretch of the East-West Highway, passing through the territory of the wilaya quoted above. The four people aboard the vehicle were immediately arrested by the gendarmes. The same source states that these individuals arrested for trafficking of works of art are all from the wilaya of Tiaret.
I'd love more information if anybody has it.  Is there a picture?  Do we know when and from where they were stolen?

4 comments:

Kate Phizackerley said...

On reflection, also how did the newspaper know these were Akhenaten and Ramses?

bayshore2000 said...

because the police told them, wouldn't you say? Algeria has an efficient, disciplined and intelligent police force. and possibly because the Egyptian police had put a call out, that would be the normal reason if the items were stolen in Egypt. but the report says the guys were stopped on the main road near Chlef in the west of Algeria. it is impossible that the statues had been smuggled direct overland from Egypt - too far for small-time thieves from Tiaret, and with Libya a no-go zone. it is therefore also possible that the smuggling was a historical fact, they had [immediately] been stolen from a private collection in Algeria and the arrests are as a result of the owner's complaint.

Regis Verstegen said...

I find it odd that there is nothing to be found about this in non algerian media. in the french version of the article on echoroukonline they state that the statues were found in a peugeot and that there was a link to London as where the english version of echoroukonline talks about a renault and no word about london

bayshore2000 said...

sudden lightbulb moment, Kate - smuggled in from Tunisia perhaps? the property of a member of the departed presidential family [even, a gift from President Mubarak to President Ben Ali?] that sounds a lot more like real life. we know that all their palaces have been wrecked and stripped out by the irate populace, so that would figure

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