Within the framework of the continuous efforts of the Arab Republic of Egypt to recover Egyptian antiquities smuggled abroad, the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism, Antiquities and Foreign Affairs succeeded in recovering the legless statue of the priest “Ni Kau Ptah” from the era of the Old Kingdom.
The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities coordinated with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt in The Hague in recovering smuggled Egyptian antiquities.
Shaaban Abdel Gawad, the general supervisor of the Recovered Antiquities Administration explained that this statue was offered for sale at the annual European exhibition of fine arts, Tefaf, in Maastricht, the Netherlands, noting that this statue was smuggled illegally; he stressed that it is not from the holdings of museums or stores belonging to the Supreme Council of Antiquities.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs handed over Today, Monday the statue to a committee of experts at the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.
In this regard, the Ministries of Tourism, Antiquities and Foreign Affairs express their sincere thanks and appreciation to the Dutch authorities and their efforts as well as the distinguished cooperation they have shown with the Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt in The Hague to restore the Egyptian antiquities.