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Egyptian bank hands over 200 artifacts recovered from vault

Egypt’s Al-Ahly Bank has released to the Supreme Council of Antiquities 200 artifacts that have sat unclaimed in their vaults since the late 19th and 20th centuries.

These antiquities collectors had stored their collection inside boxes in the vaults of the Al-Ahly Bank, according to Tarek Amer, chairman of the bank. Since the early 20th century nobody had asked about the objects, so they remained under the bank’s care until the executive board of the bank decided to offer the pieces to the SCA.

Other items from the vault included: limestone statuary heads of ancient Egyptian and Greco-Roman deities such as Horus, Hathor and Ptah, as well as Roman terracotta statues and 20 coins from the Islamic and Modern period, said Zahi Hawass, secretary general of the SCA. Hawass added that two archaeological and legal committees inspected the collection and confirmed the objects’ authenticity.

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