| "Ra-Nes [..] he was honest”|
but the dealer...?
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"?