Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Ushabti Figurine Found in Mexico Returned to Egypt

 "Ra-Nes [..] he was honest”
but the dealer...?
Ushabti Figurine Found in Mexico Returned to Egypt  Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities has authenticated an ancient ushabti figurine recovered in Mexico. Ahram Online reports that the wooden statuette was handed over by a Mexican citizen who found it in his newly purchased house. Shabab Abdel-Gawad, head of Egypt's Antiquities Repatriation Department, said that the carving dates to the nineteenth dynasty, from around 1292 to 1190 B.C. Hieroglyphic text on the figurine includes the name “Ra-Nes,” and says that “he was honest.” Abdel-Gawad also suggested that the artifact had been excavated illegally and smuggled out of the country.,” .
To eventually hand up in the hands of a collector who did not ensure it passed to responsible hands - simply left it behind. How many artefacts are lost each year at the hands of such irresponsible collectors who consider "it's my property, I can do with it what I like"?

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