Saturday 24 May 2014

Artefacts recovered from USA

A cartonnage painted mummy mask from the Third Intermediate Period which US fanatics had not yet had the opportunity to dissolve in 'palmolive soap' is among the objects, which are due to arrive in Egypt early next month.
A collection of illegally smuggled ancient Egyptian antiquities is to be returned to Egypt soon from the United States, reports Nevine El-Aref, following the signature of an agreement with the New York customs authorities to free the collection of 103 ancient Egyptian artifacts in custody in the city since 2011. Minister of antiquities Mohammed Ibrahim said the artifacts had been seized by US Homeland Security officials in New York after the American citizen who was traveling with the pieces was not able to prove legal possession. [...] The objects include 99 coins from the Roman period, three Late Period limestone statues, a Middle Kingdom wooden boat and the upper part of a painted anthropoid wooden sarcophagus from the Third Intermediate Period depicting the face of a woman wearing a wig decorated with coloured flowers. Two linen mummy wrappings covered with plaster and bearing paintings showing winged amulets pushing the sun disc are also among the returned artifacts. A hieroglyphic text bearing the name and titles of the deceased are on the plaster cover.  
'Artefacts recovered from USA' Weekly Ahram 22 May, 2014

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