King Tutankhamun Statues Missing as Intruders Break Into Egyptian Museum

The Egyptian Museum reported that 18 artifacts, including statues of King Tutankhamun, are missing after a break-in last month, said Zahi Hawass, the head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.

The police and army are following up on the disappearances with people in custody, Hawass said on his website. The missing objects include 11 wooden shabti statuettes from Yuya, a gilded wooden statue of Tutankhamun carried by a goddess and a statue of Nefertiti making offerings, according to Hawass.

A separate gilded wooden statue of Tutankhamun harpooning, a limestone statue of Akhenaten holding an offering table, a sandstone head of an Amarna princess, a stone statuette of a scribe from Amarna and a heart scarab of Yuya are also missing from the museum in Cairo, Hawass said in his blog.

Intruders used ropes to descend from the museum’s roof and force their way inside from a fire escape, Hawass said Jan. 30. They broke open 14 display cases in the museum’s Late Period and Tutankhamun exhibits, in search of gold. Finding none, they shattered statues, including one of the ancient goddess Isis, and smashed some of the museum’s royal mummies, he said.

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