Monday, 2 May 2011

Mexico returns smuggled statue to Egypt

The National Institute of Archaeology and History (INAH) in Mexico has returned a 4,000-year-old 15 centimetre statue - carved in southern Egypt during the Middle Kingdom - to Egypt.

The artifact was smuggled out of Egypt before being discovered by customs agents in Mexico in 2006 during a search of foreign packages.

But it took four years of research for the two countries to determine the "authenticity and illegal extraction of the object," the INAH said.

The statuette was presented to Egypt's ambassador to Mexico Ibrahim Khairat.

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