Monday,23 July, 2018
Current issue | Issue 1135, 14 - 20 February
Monday,23 July, 2018
Issue 1135, 14 - 20 February

Ahram Weekly

Back home from Brazil

Al-Ahram Weekly

A WELL-PRESERVED bust of a Roman nobleman is to return to Egypt after spending more than four decades in Brazil, Nevine El-Aref reports.
The Egyptian Embassy in Brazil was handed a very well preserved limestone bust of a Roman nobleman this week. The bust, which has the facial features of a Roman with short curly hair and is as yet unidentified, was handed over by a young Brazilian citizen.
Osama Al-Nahhas, director of the Department of Repatriation of Antiquities at the Ministry of State for Antiquities (MSA), said that negotiations for the return of the head began late last year when a Brazilian woman who required anonymity went to the Egyptian Embassy in Brazil and offered to return a genuine Roman head to Egypt.
She said that she had inherited the head from her late father, who wanted to return it but passed away before he was able to do so. She told officials that her father bought the head in 1976 while on a visit to Egypt from a man who claimed to be the curator of one of the country’s museums.
The bust has been examined by an archaeological team from the MSA who travelled to Brazil earlier this year to check upon its authenticity. They have approved it and say that it is a very well preserved artefact except that part of the nose is missing. The bust will return to Egypt next week and it will be placed on display in the Egyptian Museum.

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