France returns ancient limestone relief to Egypt

France returns ancient limestone relief to Egypt


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Last week, Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities officially received a ancient egyptian limestone relief, in a ceremony held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Cairo.

Shaaban Abdel-Gawad, Repatriation General Supervisor for the Department of Antiquities, explained that the relief was found in the exhibition of a Paris auction house, performing all the necessary procedures to stop its sale and its withdrawal from the auction.

Abdel-Gawad explained in turn that this relief was stolen from a temple in the Saqqara necropolis in the 1900s, and later removed from the country.

The relief, which dated to 30th Dynasty during the reign of Nekhtenbo IIIt measures 44 × 50 cm, weighs 80 kg and represents the goddess Sekhmet with a solar disk on the top of her head. In turn, in a line of hieroglyphic writing, it contains the King Nekhtenbo II cartridge.

Abdel-Gawad also commented that the Ministry received a collection of 44 objects that had been seized at Charles de Gaulle airport in France, which includes cosmetic products and pearl, ivory and bone jewelry from various eras of Ancient Egypt, although most are dated to the Coptic period.

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