Plundered Art: Recovering the Head of Ramses II
Updated February 21, 2017 | Factmonster Staff
Recovering the Head of Ramses II
Egyptian police recover teh magnificent statue's head from a farmhouse
by David Johnson
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Several years ago, the head of Ramses II was stolen. Using a generator and an electric saw, the thieves cut the head, which weighed one ton, from the magnificent statue, and dragged it 70 miles across the desert. It was loaded onto a truck and covered with vegetable boxes.
Egyptian police recovered the head from the giant statue of Ramses II at the entrance to the El-Sebua temple in Nubia. Authorities found it hidden in a farmhouse.