Switzerland Returns A 3,400 Years Old Statue Fragment To Egypt

Raghad Khaled
Switzerland Returns A 3,400 Years Old Statue Fragment To Egypt

Switzerland Returns a 3400 years old statue fragment of Ramsees II to Egypt after 30 years of its theft!

The 3400 years old statue fragment is thought to have been stolen between the late 1980s and the early 1990s from Abydos, Egypt, and it was transferred to many countries before finally reaching Switzerland.

Ramses II ruled Egypt for more than 60 years during the 13th century BC, his reign was prosperous, strong, and sovereign.

He also had the time to father more than 100 children!

The Director of the Federal Office of Culture, Carine Bachmann, returned the fragment to the Egyptian embassy in the Swiss capital, Bern.

It was recently confiscated in Geneva as a part of criminal proceedings and returned to Egypt, adopting Switzerland’s law on the international transfer of cultural property.

The Ministry of Culture released a statement saying “The stone sculpture of pharaoh Ramses II is part of a group statue where the king sits alongside different Egyptian deities”

The statement also included the huge effect looting and destruction have on Egypt’s heritage and archaeological sites.

The Ministry also added “This restitution underlines the joint commitment of Switzerland and Egypt to combat the illicit trade in cultural property”


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