O Maniamuseu publicou sobre a situação do Museu do Cairo logo no início dos levantes populares no Egito (Levante no Cairo – Museu Egípicio em perigo). Pois é, mesmo cercado de tanques, o museu foi roubado em mais de uma dezena de peças e incluindo aí uma máscara mortuária de ouro do famoso Faraó Adolescente Tutankhamon. “Ocasião faz o ladrão”…
…Major pieces stolen from Egypt museum
The objects missing from the famed museum included “a gilded wood statue of the 18th Dynasty king Tutankhamun being carried by a goddess” and parts of “a gilded wood statue of Tutankhamun harpooning,” Hawass said in a statement.
Looters broke into the museum in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on January 28 when massive protests against then-president Hosni Mubarak drove his despised police from the streets in a series of running battles.
Also missing are a limestone statue of Akhenaten holding an offering table, a statue of Queen Nefertiti making offerings, a sandstone head of a princess from Amarna — a vast archaeological site in the southern province of Minya.
A stone statuette of a scribe from Amarna, and eleven wooden shabti statuettes of Yuya, a powerful Egyptian courtier from the 18th Dynasty which ruled Egypt 3,000 years ago, were also missing Hawass said.
A heart scarab — an amulet placed on the chest of the mummy to ensure the heart was not removed — belonging to Yuya was also missing, he added.
Founded in 1858 by French Egyptologist Auguste Mariette, the museum contains more than 100,000 Egyptian artefacts, including the world renowned — and reputedly cursed — treasures from King Tutankhamun’s tomb.
The best known artefact is the teenage monarch’s gold funerary mask, which stares out from a case on the first floor of the museum.
Hawass said an investigation has been launched to find those behind the theft. “The police and army plan to follow up with the criminals already in custody,” he added.
The museum was protected by army tanks and for a while by a cordon of citizen volunteers during nearly three weeks of anti-government rallies that ousted president Hosni Mubarak and left at least 300 dead.
Uma segunda notícia, da AFP
CAIRO, February 13, 2011 (AFP) – Several ancient treasures were stolen from the Egyptian Museum, including a statue of King Tutankhamun, when looters broke in during the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak, authorities said on Sunday. The pieces include a gilded wooden statue showing the boy pharaoh being carried by a goddess and parts of another statue of him harpooning fish, minister of state for antiquities Zahi Hawass said. Looters broke into the museum in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on January 28 when anti-Mubarak protesters drove his despised police from the streets in a series of clashes and torched an adjacent ruling party building. Museum director Tarek al-Awadi said looters went on a rampage, shattering 13 display cases and at least 70 artefacts. He added that curators were still carrying out an inventory to determine the extent of the losses.
The missing pieces include a limestone statue of Pharaoh Akhenaten holding an offering table, a statue of Queen Nefertiti making offerings and a sandstone head of a princess from Amarna, a vast archaeological site in central Egypt.Also missing were a stone statuette of a scribe from Amarna and 11 wooden shabti statuettes of Yuya, a powerful courtier from the time of the 18th Dynasty, which ruled along the banks of the Nile more than 3,000 years ago. A heart scarab — an amulet placed on the chest of the mummy to ensure the heart was not removed — belonging to Yuya was also missing, Awadi added. Soldiers outside the museum on Sunday were tight-lipped about the alleged theft. A lieutenant colonel who declined to give his name said only: “Two or three things were stolen, little things like rings.” Troops have arrested two or three suspects and were searching for others, the officer said, adding that the looters had broken in through a window.
Founded in 1858 by French Egyptologist Auguste Mariette, the museum contains more than 100,000 artefacts, including the world renowned — and reputedly cursed — treasures from Tutankhamun’s tomb. The best known artefact is Tutankhamun’s gold funerary mask, which stares out from a case on the first floor of the museum. The 18th dynasty monarch, better known as King Tut, ruled Egypt in the 13th century BC. Hawass, in his statement, said an investigation has been launched to find those behind the theft, adding that “the police and army plan to follow up with the criminals already in custody.” The museum standing on the main protest square was protected by army tanks and briefly by a cordon of citizen volunteers during 18 days of anti-government rallies that ousted president Mubarak and cost at least 300 lives. The theft recalls the even more disastrous looting of Baghdad’s National Museum in April 2003 following the US invasion to overthrow Saddam Hussein, when thieves stole thousands of pieces and smashed several others.
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