Egyptian artifacts missing after break-in
February 13th, 2011
05:48 AM ET

Egyptian artifacts missing after break-in

At least 17 artifacts from the Egyptian Museum of Cairo are missing following a break-in, the country's minister of antiquities said Sunday.

The missing objects include a gilded wood statue of King Tutankhamun being carried by a goddess; parts of a a gilded wood statue of Tutankhamun harpooning; a limestone statue of Akhenaten; a statue of Nefertiti making offerings; a sandstone head of an Amarna princess; a stone statuette of a scribe from Amarna; 11 wooden shabti statuettes of Yuya; and a heart scarab of Yuya.

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  1. raven

    Shameful .

    February 13, 2011 at 6:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Riff

      And they wonder why most countries won't return artifacts that they brought back from their digs.

      February 13, 2011 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Michael Armstrong Sr. Tx.

      Most Egyptian artifacts carry a curse with them the thieves are surly doomed to a fate worst then death .

      February 13, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      @Michael A. Look what happened to Mubarak after he pillaged and sold items of the people.

      February 14, 2011 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |
  2. inspector detective

    The phophecy has been fulfilled, the time of the curse is nigh!

    February 13, 2011 at 6:23 am | Report abuse |
  3. evensteven

    Tragic . . .

    February 13, 2011 at 6:34 am | Report abuse |
  4. Noeternal

    Tragic. I had heard that the museums had been secured. Let's home they recover these objects.

    February 13, 2011 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |
  5. rs1201

    That's typical of these morons. They totally pillaged the inside of all the Pyramids and nothing was ever found. They don't understand that they're stealing from their own heritage...instead of preserving it...they're destroying it...I can imagine what kind of corrupt govt is waiting in the wings to take over that worthless country.

    February 13, 2011 at 7:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Doctor Jones

      Well actually, the Egyptians go to great pains to recover artifacts from both private and public collections through the use of investigators and international courts.

      February 13, 2011 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Heba

      And who said that the Egyptians are the ones who stole their heritage!!! Hundreds of nationalities were at tahrir square ,where the egyptian museum is , that same day! So I guess we'd better stop accusing any1 coz u never know 4 sure who's the beneficiary

      February 13, 2011 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Ilene

      You are the worthless person. My family is Egyptian and I am American born. The Egyptians are wonderful, caring people and the museum is just a wonderful learning place. Like in every race, color and nationality, there are some bad, but mostly good people. Please do not lump everyone together, since this is narrow-minded.

      February 13, 2011 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      The pillaging of the pyramids and other tombs took place thousands of years ago in antiquity. Are you actually so stupid that you are claiming that has anything to do with today? You've never heard of other museums being robbed and/or looted? Guess what? It's even happened in Europe. You would know that if you removed yourself from your self created bubble of ignorance and read a few books.

      February 13, 2011 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Mikey

      Apparently the Egyptians are not very successful in recovering their artefacts: Pretty much every western country (as well as some third world countries) have Egyptian mummies and other artefacts on display in their museums.

      Good luck to Egypt in getting the US and the British Museum to return their "heritage".

      February 13, 2011 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob In Tenn

      I gotta say rs1201, you really have an exagerated opinion of yourself, my guess is you wouldn't make a pimple on a real mans

      February 13, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Bill_F

      @rs1201: You sir, deserve to die painfully and right soon.

      February 13, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      You are truly An uneducated person that cannot even imagine the beauty that Egypt is. Have fun in Oklahoma o Arkansas white piece of trash!

      February 13, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry

      Boy, did you stir up a hornets nest.

      February 13, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Huny

      you are the moron. Read history ! most of the artifacts were stolen by foreigners, maybe some inside traitors did it, but it does not make you thieves any more noble. How do you think they ended up in your museums? It is pathetic that you have to justify stealing by thinking that the Egyptians donot know the value of their history, so it is ok for the west to take it. The Egyptians formed a human chain to protect their museum which has 1/3 of the world treasures in the midst of being attacked by pro-government thugs. Look at what the American army did to the Iraqi museum, that is history that is lost for real. They only secured the oil rigs not the museum when they invaded Iraq killing 250 thousand civillians so far. Who is the moron here?

      February 13, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • ra7 amunson

      it's so traggic but it don't surprise me. These people have no respect for life or history that isn't theirs. If they can steal or cover up the true africans history they'll do it in a blink of an eye.

      February 13, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Egyptian

      Watch your mouth man! It was government thugs who broke into the museam, not the protestors. It was the protestors who protected the museam, than the army. What you call a worthless country is a powerful force in the world, and it will only become stronger after its new government. Our culture and history is around 7000 years old, and we are very proud of that. Please do not insult Egypt.

      February 16, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Doctor Jones

    I almost pity the thieves. My guess is that the Egyptians will use whatever measures available to reclaim their artifacts.

    February 13, 2011 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Hegraceness

      I would think/pray that there would be no market for them. They will be found.

      February 13, 2011 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Dennis

      Pity the fools if Dr. Hawass gets a hold on them.

      February 13, 2011 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  7. NationalTreasureNo3

    Its not like you can put these cultural icons on Ebay, pawn them, or sell them to another museum. When the thieves are caught – send them over to Iran – they'll be happy to give them all manicures – from the forearm down.

    February 13, 2011 at 7:37 am | Report abuse |
  8. Heba

    When u watch urself drawning , u'd better reach 4 the nearest wooden stick 2 hold 2 instead of crying over ur wrecked ship.. I guess that's what we ,the Egyptians , were exactly doing.. But thank god we're still alive.. Breathing.. & will fix the ship .. Get back 2 shore .. & will do our best to get what was stolen.. We got back our DIGNITY & will get our artefacts ... YES WE CAN!!!

    February 13, 2011 at 7:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Hegraceness

      Yes you can!!!! I was totally impressed with the actions of the egyptian people. I will look into visiiting your country very soon. SUPPORT EGYPT!

      February 13, 2011 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
  9. Sarah

    Did anyone check Zahi Hawass' pockets? Security and inventory at that museum has been lax over the years, and this event would provide an excellent opportunity to clean the books by blaming thieving protesters.

    February 13, 2011 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
  10. Lilarose in Oregon

    The Egyptian Museum was built in 1905. A new one is being constructed near the pyramids, supposedly to be finished by 2013. I cannot believe that the museum, one of the finest if not the finest in the world, hasn't always had better protection than it had even before the "revolution." It should be packed up and moved out of Egypt until those folks gets things straightened out.

    February 13, 2011 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Heba

      As if u're suggesting sending them 2 another planet!!! Everywhere on earth needs to be straightened out!! So I may ask every1 to let "US" keep "OUR" stuff in "OUR" country!! Common sense..ha?! ..thnx

      February 13, 2011 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  11. personny

    Israel is becoming a nation.

    February 13, 2011 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jorge Stolfi

    (1) Those are ctually 17 SMALL items in a museum that holds hundreds of thousands of them. Given that the Egyptian police were ordered to *encourage* chaos and looting, that is very small damage indeed. And the vast majority of egyptians rushed to preotrct the museum.

    As for the artifacts being safer in Egypt, count how many have been stolen in US and Europen museums, and how many have been lost there by fire, floods and wars...

    February 13, 2011 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      They might be small items, but they are among some of the most important items historically and artistically. All of them are from the Amarna period, the greatest (and strangest) period of Egyptian art. They were not randomly selected by "looters."

      February 13, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  13. Bill

    Hey, no riot is complete without a whole lot of looting. I am sure that this is not the end of the looting.

    February 13, 2011 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  14. E.L. Whitney OKC, OK

    The very same, sad "phenomena" happened years ago in Bagdad – – – these "missing items" will largely never be returned – but – instead, end up being sold on the Black Market to Private Collectors!

    February 13, 2011 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  15. Mahmoud

    may be it be right , and my be not

    February 13, 2011 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
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