Egypt recovers Old Kingdom statue of priest from Netherlands

Date:

Share post:

Egypt has succeeded in retrieving an ancient statue of Old Kingdom priest Nikaw-Ptah, which had been stolen and smuggled out of the country.

Egypt recovers Old Kingdom statue of priest from Netherlands
Egypt has succeeded in retrieving an ancient statue of Old Kingdom priest Nikaw-Ptah
from Netherlands [Credit: Ministry of Tourism & Antiquities]



Egyptian authorities — in collaboration with the Egyptian Embassy in Amsterdam and the Dutch authorities — recovered the statue, which has now been handed over to a committee of experts at Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.

Shaaban Abdel-Gawad, general supervisor at the Department of Recovered Antiquities, said the statue was offered for sale at the annual European Fine Art Fair in Maastricht, the Netherlands.

He said the statue was illegally excavated and was not from the collection of any museum or archaeological site of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.




The legless statue features the priest upright, wearing a short kilt, with his name engraved on his right arm.

Egypt’s Ministries of Tourism, Antiquities and Foreign Affairs thanked the Dutch authorities for their efforts and cooperation with the Egyptian Embassy at The Hague to repatriate the artifact to its home.

The ministries said they were looking forward to more permanent cooperation in combating the smuggling of antiques and more coordination for protecting cultural heritage.

Source: Arab News [July 26, 2021]

Support The Archaeology News Network with a small donation!




ADVERTISEMENT

spot_img

Related articles

Remains of ‘magnificent’ 2,000-year-old public building unearthed near Western Wall in Jerusalem

The Western Wall Heritage Foundation and the Israel Antiquities Authority are enabling the public to view impressive new...

We don’t know how much art has gone missing from museums

Two pieces of gold and silver-encrusted Italian Renaissance armour, which had been stolen from the Louvre in 1983...

400-year-old documents reveal evidence of Japanese opium production and winemaking

Research from the Eisei Bunko Research Center of Kumamoto University reveals that Tadatoshi Hosokawa, a 17th century lord...

Remains of house built after Spanish conquest found by archaeologists in Mexico

Almost 500 years after the conquest by Hernan Cortes of Mexico-Tenochtitlan, capital of the Mexica empire, archaeologists from...

Pre-Inca elites and the social life of fragments

Objects unearthed in the Andes tell new stories of societies lacking hierarchical leadership in the time before the...

Housebuilder uncovers Iron Age chamber on Isle of Lewis

A 2,000-year-old underground chamber has been uncovered during work to build a house on the Isle of Lewis,...

Flaked stone points raise questions about Brazilian prehistory

The consensus view of the history of the settlement of the Americas is that the first people who...

2016 excavations at Nea Paphos completed

The Cypriot Department of Antiquities has announced the completion of the 2016 season of archaeological investigations at the...