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Ancient Tablet Back in Its Homeland

August 06, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

Nearly six decades after it was smuggled out of the country, Egyptian officials brought home a Pharaonic limestone tablet that had been on display at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Metropolitan Museum presented it to the Egyptian Embassy in New York in April, and it was flown to Cairo on Saturday.

The tablet, which portrays the wife of King Seti I breast-feeding her newborn child, dates to 1300 BC.

It was the second ancient artifact to be returned to Egypt in eight days. On July 28, a sculpture of a Pharaonic queen's head that was smuggled to Britain almost a decade ago was returned.

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