An Egyptian archaeological delegation will head this week to Basel, Switzerland, to retrieve an ancient Egyptian tablet from the Basel Museum of Antiquities.
The 4200-year-old tablet is made of limestone and dates back to the Fifth Dynasty (2465- 2323 BC) with hunting scenes and other daily life activities from the Old Kingdom (2649-2134 BC) painted on it. The table is 51 cm high and was being showcased at the Basel Museum of Antiquities.
Antiquities Minister Zahi Hawass said the tablet is the second Egyptian archaeological artifact to have been retrieved from abroad following the revolution, after an artifact was retrieved from Mexico a few days ago. Hawass added that there are a number of artifacts which Egypt will retrieve in the near future.
Egypt had previously retrieved the eye of King Amenhotep III (1390-1352 BC) from Switzerland. The eye had been removed from a huge statue of the pharaoh from inside his temple in Kom al-Hitan on Luxor’s west bank.
Posted By: Mohamed Mokhtar