Dr Hawass reports the recovery of four items missing from the Egyptian Museum, including three of the missing Tutankhamun objects. A press conference was held so there are reports in many of the international papers as well. No details of the recovery operaton have been reported so far.
Generally the objects are in better condition than could be expected. The Statue of Tutankhamun harpooning is largely intact, although part of one leg is missing and should now be presumed lost. There is also minor damage to the crown.
The shabti is in sufficiently good condition that it will go back on display immediately. The reference ties back to the original catalogue of stolen items so we know that it is a "Wooden Shabti of Yuya with Ten Lines of Inscription in Yellow".
One face of the fan (shown) is intact and undamaged. The other face as fragmented into over a dozen pieces of which 11 have been recovered. Some are still missing and again their recovery is now unlikely.
The figure ofTutankhamun being carried by the goddess is till unaccounted for (only the figure of the king itself is missing).
The trumpet is also in good condition and will go back on display. Confusingly, the picture of recovered items shows two trumpets, although only one was reported stolen. If you are interested in the trumpets, Charles Ellwood Jones wrote about them at the Ancient World Bloggers site a few weeks ago and has the links to the sounds of when the trumpet was played.
Ahram Online has a couple of extra photos of the recovered items.
Photo © Rania Galal - I am assuming this is the official press photo for the recovery.
2 years ago