King Ramses II Head Statue, Dating 3,400 Years, Repatriated to Egypt

Egypt’s antiquities ministry has returned a 3,400-year-old statue depicting King Ramses II’s head, which was stolen and smuggled out of the nation over 30 years ago.

According to the ministry, the statue is now placed in Cairo’s Egyptian Museum and will be restored.

The stolen statue is thought to have been removed from the Ramses II temple in the ancient city of Abydos in Southern Egypt over thirty years ago. While the exact date of the heist is unknown, Shaaban Abdel Gawad, the chief of Egypt’s antiquities repatriation department, believes it occurred in the late 1980s or early 1990s, according to Reuters.

Egyptian authorities discovered the stolen artifact being sold at a London exhibition in 2013. Following this observation, the statue apparently moved through numerous additional nations before arriving in Switzerland, according to the antiquities ministry.

“This head is part of a group of statues depicting King Ramses II seated alongside a number of Egyptian deities,” Gawad said in a statement.

Ramses II is usually regarded as one of ancient Egypt’s most powerful pharaohs, commonly known as Ramses the Great. He ruled as the third pharaoh of the Nineteenth Dynasty from 1279 to 1213 BCE.

Egypt collaborated with Swiss officials to establish ownership of the statue. Last year, Switzerland turned over the relic to the Egyptian consulate in Bern. However, Egypt has just lately completed the process of returning the statue to its home nation.

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