It is almost one year since the rare and stolen statue of Pharaoh Tutankhamun was reported to be at an auction in London. One year later, many concerned Africans are asking for the whereabouts of this sacred statue – a treasure of the heritage of Black people worldwide.
It is despicable that the European, American, and Arab worlds are still not ashamed of centuries of theft and plundering in Africa. Europeans and their allies have profited millions of dollars from Africans’ ancestry, history, and knowledge. They profit handsomely from stolen relics and manuscripts, implying that they have no regrets about their heinous deeds in Africa.
Europeans and Arabs raided and ravaged ancient Egypt for almost 1,000 years, stealing and carting away monuments and antiquities. Despite the fact that the current Egyptian government has sought the return of numerous stolen artifacts (which is also a false image of ancient Egypt), European collectors have refused.
Last year it was reported that the 3,000-year-old figure of Pharaoh Tutankhamun was just sold in London for more than $6 million (£4.7 million). Even though Egyptian authorities revealed to the world that the monument was stolen by Europeans in the 1970s and 1980s, it was sold at auction.
The statue depicts Amen Ra, the Egyptian God, as a little kid. The Christie auction house in London displayed and auctioned it without the knowledge of the original owners, who were Africans, or the present occupants of Egypt, who are Arabs who conquered the country and claimed Egypt’s Black ancestry.
The 11-inch statue was sold by a European private collection of Egyptian arts entitled Rosandro in the customary state of damage to the nose and ear of Egyptian antiquities. Whatever the Europeans try to hide about the nature and name of this private collection, Africans know that it was robbers and rogues that raided Africa and stole her most valuable jewels and treasures.
The Arab-Egyptian government has also asked that the London auction firm show proper proof for possession of the statue in their bid to return Black relics that are not theirs. Egypt was originally Black, as many African history students know, but the Arabs who now rule the country are asking that the statue be returned, citing a legislation passed in 1983 prohibiting the transfer of old Black items from the country.
Despite complaints, the monument was sold at auction in London, with the allegation that it had never been the subject of a previous theft investigation. Of course, how can there be a theft report when Europe and Arabia invaded Africa and stole extensively on multiple fronts, as well as killing the original Black owners? Who will be the one to report the theft? The artifacts’ long-dead custodians or their children, who know little or nothing about them? We’ll take your guess as good as ours.
“The object is not, and has not been, the subject of an investigation,” Christie’s auction company stated in a statement, defending the theft “..
According to the Telegraph, “After a flurry of bidding, the bust was sold. It went from a beginning bid of £3 million ($3.8 million) to £4.7 million ($6 million) when it was sold “..
“This was a unique, gorgeous, and essential piece,” a spokeswoman for the auction house remarked.
“While we know that historic artifacts might elicit heated debates about the past, our current duty is to endeavor to maintain a transparent, lawful marketplace that adheres to the highest standards in the transfer of goods.”
“There is a legitimate market for ancient art, and we feel it is in the public interest for masterpieces to be brought out into the open so that they can be explored as well as seen and enjoyed by a global audience.”
The statue of Pharaoh Tutankhamun was allegedly stolen from the Karnak Temple in the 1970s by European Egyptologists and their operatives, according to a former Egyptian Antiquities Minister. However, as is customary among Europeans, the London auction house denied it.
CNN reported on the theft and sale, and a spokesman for the London auction house said, “This theft and sale were brought up in CNN, and the spokesman for the London auction house had this to say: “Joseph Messina and Prinz Wilhelm von Thurn und Taxis had previously owned the statue, which was purchased from Munich-based dealer Heinz Herzer in 1985. “Ancient things by their nature cannot be traced across millennia,” the representative continued.
Any unbiased mind would see the lies and deceptions in the above statement. The invasion of Egypt and the capture of this ancient relic were clearly funded by affluent Europeans and government officials, if not the Queen of England herself. It has been sold and handed from one European to the next on several occasions.
African nations, tribes, and governments have been pressing for the restitution of hundreds of thousands of artifacts, statues, monuments, and valuables plundered by Europeans and Arabs during the conquest and colonization of Africa for several years.
Only a small percentage of these objects and antiquities have been returned, with more than 98 percent remaining in the hands of European governments, private collectors, museums, and royalties.
Africans and African governments must unite to seek the repatriation of these ancient relics since they are an integral part of our identity and heritage. We owe it to future generations to regain our stolen rights and mandates from this world’s vandals and vampires.