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Egyptian archaeologist Hawass to launch petition against sale of Sekhemka statue

The petition, protesting the sale in the UK of a 4,500-year-old statue from Egypt of a scribe, will be released online on Monday

Nevine El-Aref , Sunday 23 Aug 2015
The Egyptian statue of Sekhemka
The Egyptian statue of Sekhemka (Photo: AP)
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Prominent Egyptologist Zahi Hawass is to launch on Monday a petition aimed at halting the controversial sale by Northampton Museum of a 4,500-year-old statue a scribe called Sekhemka.

Hawass is calling for the international community to boycott Northampton Museum and its board. He will single out David Kennedy, chief executive of Northampton Borough Council, he told Ahram Online.

Hawass said that "the sale of the statue is a cultural crime against Egypt's heritage and the international community should stand shoulder-to-shoulder against such a crime."

He went on to assert that housing the statue does not give Northampton Museum the authority to sell it.

"Guardianship of the statue is the right of the Egyptian government, which is responsible for preserving and protecting the country's heritage, here or abroad," Hawass said.

He went further, saying the museum's board should now be seen as antiquities traders rather than intellectuals responsible for protecting the world's cultural heritage.

Hawass said his petition will be launched on Monday on Twitter and Facebook, and should be signed by antiquities enthusiasts, archeologists and anyone "keen on Egypt's heritage".

Hawass said that he launched a similar campaign several years ago against the handling of the Nefertiti Bust by the New Museum, Berlin.

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Allen
25-08-2015 08:54pm
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Hawass loved and relished the spotlight.
He had a needy ego like no other, treated people around him with utter arrogance and contempt. Now he is a total nobody, he can't handle his predicament so this is his perfect vehicle to rise to notoriety. Unfortunately it's ill advised but he does not know it, or does not care. Zahi just go to the neatest coffee shop and play backgammon if you find anyone willing to play with you.
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ulric oflaherty
25-08-2015 02:54am
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smenkare care,as his eyes stare
Smenkare cares as his eyes stare at the tears for Egypt so dear to where he was made.
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Sam Enslow
23-08-2015 07:00pm
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Too little too late
One guy wants to buy the statue after it has been sold. Now another wants to prevent the sale. One is trying to raise money to buy the statue without knowing the price or identity of the owner. Time may be of no importance to Egyptians, but it is to the rest of the world. All of these actions are attempts to close the barn door after the horses have escaped. There is also the manner of the law and legal procedures. I think this entire fuss only hurts Egypt by making its officials look both incompetent and rude.
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