The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiques restored an ancient Egyptian stone palette from the US in cooperation with the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The palette was about to go under the hammer at one of the auction houses based in New York City.
Shaaban Abdul Gawad, the Director of the Retrieved Antiquities Department of Tourism and Antiques Ministry, explained that it was delivered to Ambassador Dr. Hesham Elnakib, Egypt’s Consul in New York and, it will be returned home soon.
This piece was smuggled from Egypt in the late 1970’s and the Egyptian authorities managed in proving Egypt’s property of this piece after long legal arguments until 2019 when the piece became officially seized to return home.
Dating back to Pa-Di- Sina era, this palette is made from limestone and it is 110 cm. high and 35 cm. wide. It depicts Horus and Hathor. It also carries various inscriptions of portrait Isis and Osiris while presenting some sacrifices.
Contributed by Rana Atef