Wednesday 28 December 2016

Relief looted from Hatshepsut's Temple in Luxor headed home

"Egypt receives ancient stolen limestone relief" - relief looted from Hatshepsut's Temple in Luxor headed home
 Egypt's embassy in London received a limestone relief that had been stolen from Queen Hatshepsut's temple in Luxor, the Ministry of Antiquities said. [...] The recovery of the relief is "very important" especially since it will help in restoration work currently being carried out by a Polish archaeological mission, he said. The relief, which is carved in limestone and engraved with hieroglyphic symbols, was stolen from the temple in 1975 and smuggled out of the country, he said. It was put on show in an auction hall in Spain and a British antiquities dealer bought it, the statement said.
They forgot to say that he'd bought it without first obtaining and verifying proof that it had been legally exported - because it had not. So he only has himself to blame.

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