Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Tuesday, April 12, 2011

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.

12 comments:

Paul Barford said...

The trumpet had a wooden core, which I think is what is shown. there is now a (rather improbable) story of how these things were found ... http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/0/9871/Heritage/0/Missing-artifacts-from-the-Egyptian-Museum-retriev.aspx

tim said...

It is the wood core that is pictured next to the trumpet in the picture and probably the reason the trumpet has been returned in good condition.

Ron Lankshear said...

I can remember when I was very young a BBC program on Tut and they played the trumpet. It was a haunting sound.

Malrianne Luban said...

It just makes my heart sink to know that these items survived for so many centuries only to see destruction now. Years ago, I wrote something called "King Tut and the Limits of Imagination", which claims Egyptian art does not help us much with life as it appeared in his time. You can see it here:

http://www.reocities.com/scribelist/king_tut.htm

I will also say that few people have had such an "afterlife" as this young man. First, Tut's tomb is discovered to the thrill and mystification of the world. Gold and curses. However, it takes more than fifty additional years for us to learn the name of the king's nanny. Then people attempted to figure out how he died. Nothing would suffice but murder! Then, another decade and the deceased was put into a machine which revealed a severely traumatized knee, an open wound in which tiny bits of gold still existed. How did they get there? A few more years and further testing reveals that Tut suffered from a lot more than a bad injury--he was a wreck. But the remains of his parents are pointed out--even if we are not quite sure of their names. Now some of the pharaoh's funerary items are damaged in a civil upheaval. Will the perpetrators be cursed? They ought to be. Howard Carter et al seem to have opened a Pandora's Box. They have let out the name of Tutankhamun and now it never seems to be uttered or written--even if the king reveals himself slowly, he seems to be doing it surely.

Marianne Luban said...

I meant to write "it never ceases to be uttered or written".

Patrick said...

It is sad that the farce concerning the museum looting still lurches on. This can only open another Pandora's box, but this time of conspiracy theories. Oh, dear, when will it ever end?

Stuart Tyler said...

So the items were found by a member of the SCA, who just happened to stumble across these items on the way to work.

Hmmmmmmmm....

Stuart

Ken said...

@Marianne For such an "unimportant" king, even Ramses the Great has got nothing on this kid's "afterlife".

@Ron I remember that famous trumpet player saying that blowing into that trumpet was the most amazing moment of his entire life. (and then I seem to remember that it broke and couldn't be played again)

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