Wed 07-09-2022 21:49 PM
CAIRO, Sept. 7, 2022 (WAM) — Egypt will repatriate 16 artifacts stolen and smuggled out of the country after they were recovered by US authorities as part of an investigation into a major case of international human trafficking. will be deported to In Egyptian Antiquity, Egypt’s ‘AhramOnline’ reported today.
The repatriation of these stolen artifacts was made possible by a joint effort between the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the one hand, and the New York Attorney General’s Office on the other. Completion of all necessary investigations.
Six artifacts were seized by the Manhattan District Attorney after they were recovered from New York City’s prestigious Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) in a massive investigation into the smuggling of Egyptian antiquities into the United States and France. Six include painted coffin segments depicting female facial features. Limestone relief inscribed with hieroglyphic texts and offering scenes. Five linen fragments of a wall depicting the biblical Book of Exodus dating back to 250-450 BC. A bronze statue of a famous musician named Kemes. Portrait of a Roman woman from Fayum.
Additionally, nine of the artifacts were seized after they were found to be in the illegal possession of an American businessman. This nine of his works includes outstanding ancient Egyptian items and coins from the Ptolemaic period.
All recovered artifacts will be handed over to the Egyptian Consulate in New York within days for them to return home.
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