A missing statue of King Tutankhamun has been returned to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, along with three other objects lost during the revolution that toppled Hosni Mubarak from power, an Egyptian minister said.
Egypt’s antiquities are in “grave danger” from looters following the revolution that ousted President Hosni Mubarak last month, Zahi Hawass, Minister of State for Antiquities Affairs, said in his blog .
The Egyptian National Museum is safe, and cultural artifacts damaged by vandals who broke into the building during anti-government protests can be restored, the head of the country’s Supreme Council of Antiquities said.
The Egyptian Museum issued a final list of more than 50 ancient artifacts, including three gilded wooden statues of King Tutankhamun, which are missing after looters broke into the building in Cairo during anti-government protests in January.
Egypt plans to set up a security control room to monitor all museums after the theft of a $55 million Vincent van Gogh painting in Cairo, Zahi Hawass , head of the country’s antiquities agency said today.