Egyptian artifacts missing after break-in
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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. Mikey

    @Ilene: Egypt is a worthless third world country with absolutely nothing to offer to its people besides the dreams of a glorious past and even that legacy is looked down upon because the ancient Egyptians were worshiping a false god instead of Allah.

    Your parents realized that their country sucked and that's why they got the hell out of it and moved to the United States of America, land of the free and center of gravity of the free world.

    February 13, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Heba

      Why the insult?!!!!!! Well that's the way u wish 2 see it but actually the most famous doctors, scientists ,....experts ...who live in the united states are EGYPTIANS.. All been studying in Egypt .. U guys just pay more! We have good minds .. And definetly good manners .. So I guess u better watch ur Tongue pls. !

      February 13, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Egyptian

      Thank you Heba for answering this idiot mikey nicely. This guy needs to respect others and to learn about Egypt more.

      February 16, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Regnad Kcin

    And Amun-Ra wept.

    February 13, 2011 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  3. Michael

    The only truth in all this is that the loss of ancient Egyptian objects is a tragedy. This is one of the most significant revolutions in the history of the world. The Egyptians have "always" been under an autocratic leader from the time of the pharaohs to President Mubarack. This is an unbelievable opportunity for this nation to become democratic. Only time will tell whether the revolution has truly been successful, and I pray that the people of Egypt get what they desire–democracy. The theft of artifacts in no way reflects the Egyptian society. It was pulled off by professional thugs.

    February 13, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Heba

      A revolution is just our means not the end u never know where it may end.. A better phase 4 sure but how far?? Ur prayers are highly appreciated .. Thanks a lot!

      February 13, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  4. Cesar

    @Heba, that's right!

    February 13, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  5. Craig

    In Luxor, when the local people heard there were thieves looting the museum, they showed up by the thousands with clubs to face off with the bandits who had guns. In another city, civilians formed a human chain to surround the museum to protect it. This reported looting is relatively minor, and probably consisted of items not easily recognizable .. more easily sold in the private sector. I hope the looters were not commissioned by the government, as had been rumored.

    February 13, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  6. Bob In Tenn

    This , of course is tragic, however I am in complete awe of the courage and resolve shown by the Egyptian people in causing Mubarak's overthrow.

    February 13, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  7. An Egyptian Tour Guide that worries about Egypt's antiquities.

    These selection of missing objects indicates that the person that took them know exactly what they were doing, these are peices that were selected by someone that know what they were doing and I hold Zahi Hawas personally responsible.

    February 13, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      I think you're right about the thieves knowing what they were after. On the other hand, no one would ever be able to profit from the sale of these articles, unless they sold to an eccentric underground collector. On the open market, they are too famous to be sold and would be recognized immediately. I'm not sure what Hawas can do or could have done about this, however.

      February 13, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  8. Ham

    Thats awesome. I want one too!

    February 13, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  9. Debra Gonzalez-Campbell

    The lesson of the greater event will be lost if we focus on the items that have been sitting in the museum for how long, and have not brought satisfaction and relief to the Egyptian people. Yes it is part of their history and should be recovered but this is not unusual, greed will always take advantage of a volatile situation. This is the 'Everything for ME' belief system that most of us function under and which all the world governments perpetuate. Please let us not forget the media's role in this.

    Now if I may humbly take us back the the great event that we witnessed. People in pain and anger stopping in the mist of all things to cry out to the CREATOR of All in praise and supplication. Two antagonistic Ideologies who have killed each other for centuries, joined in brotherhood of protection for the service to our CREATOR. Muslim brothers offering their bodies as protective barriers so as the Christian brothers would not be harmed by the military, police or anyone. And they were not. Shortly after relief. Some credit Facebook, others credit the negotiations by various parties. I believe that if our brothers had not invoked the power of the ALMIGHTY and reached out to each other in BROTHERLY LOVE the resolution would not have come so quickly and violent-less. This is what KABBALAH teaches and even if we as humans don't know in our minds that this is true...we know it in our Hearts. So let us do as we are intended to do from our inception and seek our Creator from the point in our Heart in all things. If any of this sounds true to you, then you should search for guidance at KABBALAH dot Org.

    February 13, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  10. Lynn Hall

    It is tragic when antiquities are plundered or destroyed. No item should be considered unimportant in linking past to present. The Egyptians, who risked their safety to protect history, were very noble. Hopefully Egypt will not be Iran Part II. For all of Mubarak's faults, there was a sense of political stability. Islamic control of Egypt will just add to the fire of hate that burns in the Middle East. Artifacts will not be the only things lost.

    February 13, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  11. sara

    I wish the jellous ppl who said that Egypt is worthless country watch his language and see his country first ,, it's enough that we always make history in past and even in present 🙂 and we are so proud :PPP

    February 13, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Heba

       I AM EGYPTIAN... I AM PROUD!!!!

      February 13, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Cesar

    @Sara, Hi baby. Why don't you come to Texas and show me how proud you are?

    February 13, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. RUFFNUTT

    they didnt break in to take a tour..

    February 13, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. RUFFNUTT

    after reading the stuff they took.. what a bunch of junk.. i would have taken some good stuff.

    February 13, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. raven

    Im just worried about all the ties .

    February 13, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
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