Looters caught red handed stealing Egyptian relief panel

Published on June 11th, 2012 | by Admin


Security guards in the Selsela mountain quarries in Aswan, Egypt walked in on four men attempting to steal an ancient relief panel that depicts the fourth ruler of the 19th Dynasty, King Merenptah.

Abdel Hamid Maarouf, the head of Egyptian Antiquities Sector, said the work, which measures 120 centimeters by 90 centimeters, was a sculptural panel carved using the bas-relief technique.

It features King Merenptah presenting Mayet, the goddess of justice, to Amun-Ra as well as some hieroglyphic inscriptions.

Abdel Moneim Samir, director general of the Kom Ombo tourist area, said the lower part of the panel currently has some holes and scratches as a result of the attempted theft and will be restored.

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Story: Egypt Independent | Photo: Ibraheem Zayed

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