Stolen statue of Tutankhamun
From the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, 18 ancient Egyptian antiquities is stolen, including the statue of Pharaoh Tutankhamun. It is assumed that the crime was committed during the recent protests.
“Eighteen subjects of great artistic, historical and archaeological value, including a statue of the Pharaoh Tutankhamun, were stolen from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo”, said on Sunday the Egyptian Deputy Minister of Culture and chief archaeologist Zahi Hawass.
Among the stolen items is a statue of Tutankhamun of gilded wood from the period of the Eighteenth Dynasty, and his bust. The other subjects that were gone are the statue of the Pharaoh Akhenaten, Nefertiti statue, a bust of the Amarna Princess, then a smaller statue of a scribe from Amarna, 11 small statues were found in the sarcophagus of the powerful Egyptian courtier of the Eighteenth Dynasty – Jehu and his talisman in the form of scarabs.
The robbery was discovered during the examination of museum rooms, and it is assumed that the objects were taken away 28. January, when the thieves used a revolt of the Egyptians in the center of Cairo.
The Egyptian Museum, located on the main square, Tahrir, preserves the largest collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities in the world. There are over 136,000 exhibits, and hundreds of thousands of others in underground storage facilities.