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Old Kingdom wooden statuette, possibly representing a cosmetic tool. (Photo: Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities)
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by Archaeology Newsroom

Old Kingdom wooden statuette to be repatriated from France

In October

In October the Cairo International Airport will witness the returning of an archaeological statuette from France that dates back to the 6th Dynasty and was stolen from the Saqqara Museum Store, according to Mamdouh Eldamaty, Minister of Antiquities.

The repatriation process, clarified Eldamaty, was achieved through the cooperation with the Egyptian Cultural Office in Paris; the possessor has shown a will to return the archaeological object to the Ministry of Antiquities once he was certain that it was stolen from Egypt.

From his side, General Director of M.A’s Repatriated Antiquities Department, Ali Ahmed said that the wooden statuette is about 33 cm high and it represents a lying woman with her arms stretching forward in a very smooth position. This type of statuettes, commented Ahmed, represent in most cases cosmetic tools adding that a scientific committee from the Egyptian Museum has been formed to receive the statuette upon its arrival to the Cairo International Airport.

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1. Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities