Ancient Egyptian wall paintings to return to Luxor from the Louvre

Ancient Egyptian wall pa

December 16, 2009 16:35

Egypt's antiquities chief said Wednesday that the wall paintings which caused a feud between Egypt and the Louvre Museum will be returned to their original location in a tomb south of Egypt. In a statement, Zahi Hawass said that the ancient pieces would be restored by experts and replaced on the wall of a 3,200-year-old tomb in Luxor, 510 kilometers) south of Cairo. Hawass cut ties with the Louvre in October, saying the museum had refused to return the fragments, which he said had been illegally chipped from that tomb. French officials quickly agreed to hand over the fragments. During a visit to France this week, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak inspected the pieces before they were handed back.

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