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Belgium returns Middle Kingdom statue to Egypt

The Egyptian Embassy in Brussels has received a statue dating from Egypt’s Middle Kingdom, the Ministry of Antiquities announced on its Facebook page Tuesday.

Belgium returns Middle Kingdom statue to Egypt

Minister Mamdouh Damaty said that the statue is being prepared for repatriation to Egypt, and had been smuggled out of the country illegally.

The statue was monitored after being displayed at a Belgian auction house in 2014.

Made of black steatite stone, the statue represents a standing couple with hieroglyphic inscriptions on the base referring to the names and title of the statue owner.

Source: Ministry of Antiquities [March 22, 2016]

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