King Tutankhamun Statues Missing After Egypt Unrest

It has been reported that 18 artefacts, including statues of King Tutankhamunare missing from the Egyptian Museum.  It is thought intruders broke into the Museum and stole the artefacts.

The head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Dr Zahi Hawass, said the missing objects include 11 wooden shabti statuettes from Yuya, a gilded wooden statue of Tutankhamun carried by a goddess and a statue of Nefertiti making offerings.

It is believed the robbers used a fire escape to break in through the roof of the museum, looking for gold and jewels. After finding none, they smashed display cases and statues, and left with the missing statues and artifacts.

The police and army are following up the break in.


In This Story: Egypt

Egypt, a country linking northeast Africa with the Middle East, dates to the time of the pharaohs. Millennia-old monuments sit along the fertile Nile River Valley, including Giza’s colossal Pyramids and Great Sphinx as well as Luxor’s hieroglyph-lined Karnak Temple and Valley of the Kings tombs.

The capital, Cairo, is home to Ottoman landmarks like Muhammad Ali Mosque and the Egyptian Museum, a trove of antiquities. 

4 Recent Items: Egypt

Shrimp cultivation threatens India’s mangrove forests

Will UN climate summit deal really help vulnerable nations? | DW News

Do COP gatherings serve any purpose? Inside Story

UN climate talks end with mix of joy and disappointment | DW News

Leave a Comment

We don't require your email address, or your name, for anyone to leave a comment. If you do add an email address, you may be notified if there are replies to your comment - we won't use it for any other purpose. Please make respectful comments, which add value, and avoid personal attacks on others. Links are not allowed in comments - 99% of spam comments, attempt to post links. Please describe where people may find additional information - for example "visit the UN website" or "search Google for..." rather than posting a link. Comments failing to adhere to these guidelines will not be published.