British woman returns ancient statues to Egypt

Other News Materials 16 October 2008 23:47 (UTC +04:00)

A British citizen has handed in several small statues believed to be antiquities to Egyptian cultural authorities in London, expressing a wish that they be returned to their homeland, a news report said on Thursday.

"I received an email from a British woman called Rebecca Robinson saying she had several ancient Egyptian statues that she wanted to return to Egypt," Maysa Nasr Farid, the Egyptian cultural attache in London told Egypt's official Middle East News Agency (MENA), reported dpa.

One statue, out of three pieces in total, which were examined by members of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), has been confirmed as an ancient statue representing Egyptian goddess Isis breastfeeding her son Horus, with the sun above her head.

The 5-centimetre bronze statue is broken and is now to be restored, according to MENA.

The SCA has not yet said whether the other two statues were genuine antiquities. One of them is a green statue with an unreadable text, while the third piece is only a part of a larger blue statue.