Egypt says stolen pharaonic tablet repa­tri­ated from UK

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- An an­cient Egyp­tian pharaonic stone tablet that was stolen from Kar­nak tem­ple was repa­tri­ated this week from Bri­tain, where it had been touted for sale, Egypt’s an­tiq­ui­ties min­istry said.

“The piece was last seen in the open mu­seum in Luxor tem­ple in the early 1990s,” Shaa­ban Ab­del Gawad, who is in charge of ar­chae­o­log­i­cal col­lec­tions at the min­istry, told AFP on Wed­nes­day.’

‘The nec­es­sary le­gal mea­sures’ were taken to re­cover the ob­ject, he added.

The arte­fact was stolen from the Kar­nak tem­ple’s open mu­seum and was spot­ted on on­line auc­tion sites, the min­istry said. The sale was can­celled, the state­ment said.

The arte­fact is part of a car­touche - an or­na­men­tal tablet - of Pharoah Amen­hotep I, of the 17th dy­nasty, who ruled in the 16th cen­tury BC. The an­tiq­ui­ties min­istry said that the piece had been re­trieved by Egypt’s Lon­don em­bassy in Septem­ber 2018 in co­or­di­na­tion with Bri­tish au­thor­i­ties.


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