Stolen Egyptian artefacts rescued from Christie's auction

02 May 2013 1:26 PM | Anonymous

Stolen Egyptian artefacts rescued from Christie's auction
Nevine El-Aref, Thursday 2 May 2013

Egypt successfully withdrew six ancient Egyptian artefacts from Christie’s auction list in London

Coincidence always play a role in new discoveries; today it plays a role in withdrawing six ancient Egyptian objects from Christie’s auction list in London.

The story began three days ago when Director General of the Repatriation of Antiquities Department Osama El-Nahas discovered that the famous Christie's auction house in London was to auction six ancient Egyptian items that were stolen and smuggled out of Egypt. The objects include a New Kingdom red granite engraving depicting a Nubian face discovered in 2000 by the German European mission in King Amenhotep II temple in Wadi Al-Hittan on Luxor’s west bank. The other five artefacts are a collection of New Kingdom religious stelae and statues of different sizes.

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