Italian police recover stolen Egyptian sphinx
|Egyptian sculptures began to be shipped to Italy following the Roman conquest of Egypt in the 1st century BC [Credit: Guardia Di Finanzia/AFP]|
A search of the driver's residence turned up the statue from the Ptolemaic era (4th-1st centuries BC) packed into a crate and hidden in a greenhouse.
The statue is believed to have been stolen from the Etruscan necropolis of Montem Rossulum near Viterbo, some 100 kilometres (62 miles) from Rome.
The police "prevented the sculpture, as well as a series of ancient objects from being put on the clandestine international market," the statement said.
The granite statue measures 120 centimetres and 60 centimetres.
Egyptian sculptures began to be shipped to Italy following the Roman conquest of Egypt in the 1st century BC.
Source: AFP [December 06, 2012]
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