New kingdom mummy mask recovered
Sunday، 19 March 2017 - 01:06 PM
After four years out of Egypt, a stolen and illegally smuggled mummy mask has been returned from France.
Shabaan Abdel Gawad, the general supervisor of the Antiquities Repatriation Sector of the Ministry of Antiquities, told Ahram daily that the mask dates back to the New Kingdom and is carved in wood and depicts human facial features.
It was stolen in 2013 along with other artifacts from the Elephantine Antiquities Galleries in Aswan, when it was subject to looting. The mask was discovered in an auction hall in Paris in December 2016.
Abdel Gawad continued that the mask was sent to the Egyptian Embassy in Paris and arrived to Cairo two days ago.