Arts & Culture

French-Egyptian Citizen Returns Golden Mummy Mask to Egypt

French-Egyptian Citizen Returns Golden Mummy Mask to Egypt


A French-Egyptian citizen has returned to Egypt a golden mummy mask he received from a friend as a gift, state-owned Ahram Online reported.

Shehab Al-Farouh Omar told Ahram Online that his “sense of belonging and loyalty to his home country, Egypt” compelled him to return the mask to Egypt.

According to the general supervisor of the antiquities repatriation department at the Ministry of Antiquities, the mask is currently at the Egyptian Museum in downtown Cairo, where it is being inspected for authenticity and dating.

Since 2015, Egypt has succeeded in repatriating almost 550 archeological objects from a number of countries, including Switzerland, England, USA, Germany and Belgium. In the past year, 240 artifacts have been returned from France alone.

Earlier this year, Germany’s Freiburg Court issued a verdict affirming Egypt’s liability in repatriating a pre-dynastic Egyptian stone vase to its homeland after Egypt’s antiquities ministry provided evidence showing that the vase in fact belongs to Egypt and that it had been illegally smuggled out of the country during the security vacuum that emerged in the aftermath of the 2011 revolution.

In May, Israel also returned to Egypt two sarcophagus covers, one of which is from the period between the 10th and 8th centuries BCE while the other dates back to 16th and 14th centuries BCE.

During the same month, French authorities agreed to hand over to Egypt 44 artifacts belonging to various periods of Ancient Egypt that had previously been smuggled to France. The objects were seized at the Charles de Gaulle Airport in 2010 and since then, the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities has used diplomatic channels in its efforts to get the French government to agree to repatriate them to Egypt.

During the turmoil of the 2011 revolution, Egypt’s cultural heritage became vulnerable to looting but during the past four years the country has recovered more than 1,600 artifacts.

US, Canada, Britain Warn Their Citizens in Egypt of 'Potential Security Concerns' on Maspero Anniversary
Who is António Guterres? Meet the New United Nations Secretary General

Subscribe to our newsletter

Arts & Culture

More in Arts & Culture

Ati Metwaly after receiving an award for her story 'Music against all odds' published in Al Ahram Weekly in November 2015. (Photo: CNN African Journalist Award's website)

Egyptian Journalist Wins CNN African Journalist Award

Aya NaderOctober 17, 2016
mohamed khan

Art-House Theater Zawya to Honor Late Egyptian Filmmaker Mohamed Khan in Six-Day Film Screening

Egyptian StreetsOctober 3, 2016
Malawi Museum after being looted in August 2013.

Egypt’s Malawi Museum Reopened Three Years After Being Torched

Egyptian StreetsSeptember 23, 2016

Egypt Requires Approval from Antiquities, Culture Ministries for Building, Renovating Statues

Egyptian StreetsSeptember 8, 2016
Screen Shot 2016-09-06 at 12.59.36 PM

Google Doodle Commemorates Iconic Egyptian Actor Fouad El-Mohandes

Egyptian StreetsSeptember 6, 2016
Part of a panel from a version of the Book of the Dead. Photo: Dalya Alberge

Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic Texts Translated into English for the First Time in a Book

Egyptian StreetsAugust 25, 2016
Photos: Paul Burston

Ancient Egyptian Mummified Head ‘Brought Back to Life’ in Australia

Egyptian StreetsAugust 23, 2016

Across Europe’s Borders and Through Refugee Camps: Inside the Hawala Smuggling System

Kerning CulturesAugust 17, 2016
Egyptian Streets is an independent, young, and grass roots news media organization aimed at providing readers with an alternate depiction of events that occur on Egyptian and Middle Eastern streets, and to establish an engaging social platform for readers to discover and discuss the various issues that impact the region.

© 2016 ES Media UG. All Rights Reserved.