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Egypt recovers an authentic Ramesside statue of a priest

Inspection of a red granite statue of a priest and two deities reveals it is authentic

Nevine El-Aref , Thursday 12 May 2011
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The inspection ordered by the ministry of state for antiquities affairs of a newly recovered red granite statue reveals that it is a genuine artefact, dated to the Ramesside period, almost 3300 years ago.

The statue features an unidentified priest seated behind two ancient Egyptian deities; Osiris and Isis. The statue is 56cm high by 28cm in width and bears hieroglyphic texts.

The statute is now in custody at the Al-Bassatin Police Station in downtown Cairo by court order.

Youssef Hamid Khalifa, director general of the recovered artefacts unit sent a detailed report to Minister of State for Antiquities Affairs Zahi Hawass on the statue, which will be subjected to restoration to prepare it for exhibition in a special display pending further investigations on its origins.

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