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Statue of Tutankhamun`s sister recovered

A precious statue of Ankhesom, the sister of ancient Egyptian boy king Tutankhamun, that was stolen from a museum this summer has been recovered, a minister said.



Cairo: A precious statue of Ankhesom, the sister of ancient Egyptian boy king Tutankhamun, that was stolen from a museum this summer has been recovered, a minister said.

Antiquities Minister Mohamed Ibrahim said police traced the more than 2,500-year-old limestone figurine to a coffee shop in the Egyptian capital.

The 32-cm-tall statue depicts Ankhesom standing naked and holding an offering in her right hand.

The figurine needs some restoration work but will go on display in a new museum devoted to the family of Tutankhamun`s father, Pharaoh Akhenaten, said the head of the museum department, Ahmed Sharaf.

Akhenaten`s family ruled ancient Egypt around 1,500 BC.

The statue of Ahkhesom was stolen from the Mallawi Museum in northern Egypt during unrest sparked by the army`s ousting of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July.

Looters broke into the museum and made off with 1,050 artifacts, of which about 800 have been recovered.

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