Security guards thwarted a attempted theft of an ancient panel depicting King Merenptah, the fourth ruler of the 19th Dynasty of the Ancient Egypt, in the quarries of Mount Selsela 20 kilometers north of Kom Ombo, Aswan.
Antiquities Minister Mohamed Ibrahim Ali announced Wednesday that four people had tried to steal the piece and went immediately detained by the security guards in the area. The tools they used in their excavations were seized, a report on the incident was filed, and the four suspects were referred to the prosecution.
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The tourism and antiquities police were informed of the incident. The minister adds that security was reinforced and the guards were rewarded for catching the suspects.
Abdel Hamid Maarouf, the head of the Egyptian Antiquities Sector, says the work, which measures 120 centimeters by 90 centimeters, was a sculptural panel carved by means of low relief technique. It features King Merenptah presenting Mayet, the goddess of justice, to Amun-Ra as well as hieroglyphic inscriptions.
Abdel Moneim Samir, general director of the Kom Ombo tourist area, says that the bottom of the panel has holes and scratches as a result of the attempted robbery and will be restored.
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