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Egypt’s Missing Treasures Shown in National Geographic Photos

Update February 13, 2011: Photos of missing Tutankhamun statues added.

Two gilded statues of King Tutankhamun and figures of King Akhenaten and Queen Nefertiti are among eight important artifacts (18 individual pieces) missing from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities, Zahi Hawass, said on his blog today.

The disappearance was discovered when museum staff took inventory after looters broke into the museum last month, Hawass said. (Ancient Treasures Looted, Destroyed in Egypt’s Chaos.)

Hawass added that last night (February 11) looters broke into a storage area in Dashur, a royal necropolis south of Cairo, which contained large blocks and small artifacts.

National Geographic photographer Ken Garrett looked through his archives and found these photos of two of the treasures that are missing from the museum in Cairo.


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This limestone statue of Akhenaten bearing an offering tray is one of the 18 objects missing from the Egyptian Museum.

Photograph copyright of Kenneth Garrett


This is believed to be the sandstone head of an Amarna princess said by Zahi Hawass to be missing from the Egyptian Museum.

Photograph copyright of Kenneth Garrett

Two photos of the Tutankhamun artifacts released by Zahi Hawass on February 13 are added below..

News Watch will add photos of the other missing items as they become available.




Tutankhamun being carried by a goddess.

Photo: Griffith Institute, via Office of Dr. Zahi Hawass, Minister of Antiquities Affairs

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Tutankhamun harpooning.

Photo: Griffith Institute, via Office of Dr. Zahi Hawass, Minister of Antiquities Affairs

For details of the eight missing objects, read today’s statement by Zahi Hawass.

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Related News Watch blog posts:

Undiscovered Treasures Are Key Worry of Egyptologist

Looted Treasures Recovered, Egypt’s Antiquities Chief Reports

UN Calls on Egypt to Safeguard its “Cultural Identity”

Young Egyptians Rally to Protect Egypt’s Ancient Heritage

Plundering of Tombs, Museums, Antiquities Widespread, Egyptian Official Reports

Ancient Treasures Looted, Destroyed in Egypt’s Chaos



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  • Katurah

    That’s a shame. Important artifacts that could possibly never be seen again.

  • Dr. Pankaj Tewary

    It’s a big loss to the culture of Egypt and whole world. May God give some knowledge to thieves and they return the precious artifacts.

  • Teana

    I am sick over the loss of these precious items..They belong to Egypt and the world..I hope with everything i have that everyone of these items is returned…They are priceless artifacts that should be in the Egypt museum so everybody can enjoy them.

  • drod

    It makes me sick to my stomach that artifacts as precious as these have now become “booty” to someone who in all likely hood knows not the historical value of these artifacts.
    Egypt holds some of the most precious antiquities know to mankind. With any luck they will suffer a curse similar to “the curse of King Tut.” Perhaps Egypt should create a vault similar to the one that protects our Constitution for ALL it’s antiquities. My sympathies goes out to all the people’s of Egypt for their unable loss. As an native American Indian I truly understand your loss.

  • Dhika

    The thieves have to know that they stealing word heritage

  • Kimani Michael

    The Egyptians should aggresively protect their heritage by all means for the benefit off all mankind for centuries to come.

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