Almost four months after being stolen, the statue of King Tutankhamen’s sister has been recovered by the authorities, Mohamed Ibrahim, the minister of state for antiquities, told Ahram Online on Sunday.
The 32-centimeter-tall limestone statue depicts Ankhesom, sister of King Tut and daughter of King Akhenaten, standing naked and holding an offering in her right hand.
Ibrahim said that the statue's recovery had been undertaken along with the Tourism and Antiquities Police, after a gang of antiquities smugglers had been apprehended and one of its members tipped off the police regarding the statue's location.
The statue had been stolen from the Mallawi Museum in Upper Egypt, following widespread unrest sparked by the ousting of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.
Looters broke into the museum and made off with 1050 artifacts.
Ibrahim said that 800 of the items have since been recovered.