Thursday, 12 May 2011

Swiss to return ancient treasure

This week should seem another important step in Egypt's camapiagn to reclaim its heritage. Switzerland's Museum of Basel will return a limestone stele dating from over four thousand years ago.

The 51-centimetre stele depicts its owner hunting and is from Egypt's Old Kingdom period (c.2649-2134 BC), Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities said in a statement.

The museum has already sent back the eye of a colossal quartzite statue of Amenhotep III (1390-1352 BC) found in 1970 at his funerary temple in Kom el-Hettan at Luxor. The eye was smuggled out of the country, then loaned to the museum by a private collector.

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Also see:  Ahram Online and Al-Masry Al-Youm

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