Ransacked Egyptian museum recovers more looted works

23 Sep 2013 1:31 PM | Anonymous

Ransacked Egyptian museum recovers more looted works

Police sting operation results in 13 artefacts and first arrest connected to the thefts

Salvage operations at the Mallawi Museum at the end of August

The Mallawi Museum in Minia, Egypt has recovered at least 400 objects that were looted following violent protests there last month. Thirteen of the artefacts were retrieved last week through a sting operation, in which police arrested a local butcher after he attempted to sell the works to an undercover police officer in Giza.

The artefacts recovered during the sting include a statue of Jehuty, the god of wisdom, a group of Terra-cotta statues and six lanterns, Egypt’s antiquities minister Mohammad Ibrahim said in a statement.

The Mallawi Museum was among the hardest hit by the violence that erupted after the removal of president Mohammed Morsi in July. The institution, located 300km south of Cairo, is known for its important collection of artefacts from Tell el-Amarna, the capital city founded by the pharaoh Akhenaton around 1350BC. At least one staff member was killed and around 1,060 of the museum’s 1,089 objects were damaged or stolen during the attack.

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