Egypt's stolen heritage

When French Egyptologist Olivier Perdu saw a fragment of a pharaonic statue on display in a Brussels gallery last year, he assumed it was a twin of an ancient masterpiece he had examined in Egypt a quarter of a century earlier. The reality was an even more remarkable coincidence: the fragment was part of the very same artifact — a unique 6th century BC statue hewn from pale green stone — that Perdu had received special permission to study in Cairo in 1989. The statue, a 29 cm-high (11 inches) representation of a man wearing a pharaonic headdress was smashed by looters who broke into the Cairo Museum during the 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak. Its top portion had been missing since then.

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