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Egypt recovers raft of ancient treasures looted in revolution

CAIRO: Egypt has recovered 10 Pharaonic artifacts, including a gilded wooden Tutankhamun statue, looted during the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak, the Antiquities Ministry said Tuesday.

The pieces were taken from the famed Egyptian Museum near Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Jan. 28, 2011, when protesters calling for Mubarak’s ouster drove his feared security forces from the streets.

Along with the Tutankhamun statue, which will be restored by Egyptian experts, two statues of Queen Nefertiti’s children were also recovered, according to Antiquities Minister Mohammad Ibrahim. Authorities also recovered a stone likeness of Tutankhamun as a young boy, which had been broken off of a larger statue showing him in the arms of a goddess.

One missing artifact was found in Belgium and eight others in the United States, state news agency MENA quoted the ministry as saying.

A total of 54 artifacts went missing from the museum when looters broke in during the uprising. Thirty-five of the pieces have since been recovered.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on May 01, 2014, on page 16.
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