Smuggled ancient sculpture returns to Egypt: The Head of Amenhotep III, a pharaoh who died in 1375BC, was stolen 18 years ago by a British smuggler.
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Smuggled ancient sculpture returns to Egypt
Smuggled ancient sculpture returns to Egypt
Smuggled ancient sculpture returns to Egypt

The Head of Amenhotep III, a pharaoh who died in 1375BC, was stolen 18 years ago by a British smuggler.

Jonathan Tokeley-Parry disguised the stone head as a souvenir, coating it in plastic and painting it black to make it appear to be a tacky copy of a historical artefact. The antiques restorer, renowned in the art world for his skill, later removed the plastic with acetone.

Now, more than 10 years after Tokeley-Parry was jailed for his activities, the head is be returned to Egypt at a ceremony at the country's London embassy. The sculpture's removal from Egypt in 1990 breached the country's law banning the export of antiques more than 100 years old.

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