Egyptian ambassador proposes plan to share Sekhemka

08 Mar 2016 9:09 AM | Anonymous

Egyptian ambassador proposes plan to share Sekhemka

Embassy offers to take ownership of the sculpture and lend it to British Museum and Egyptian Museum in Cairo

by Martin Bailey  |  8 March 2016

The Egyptian ambassador in London has proposed a bold plan to save Sekhemka, the 4,500-year-old sculpture that became mired in controversy after it was deaccessioned by Northampton Museum in 2014.

The Egyptian embassy is prepared legally to own the sculpture and lend it for equal periods to the British Museum and the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. The proposal would represent an unprecedented compromise between two nations that want to display the same antiquity. Sekhemka is arguably the finest piece of non-royal sculpture from Old Kingdom Egypt in existence.

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