AN Egyptian-German committee is looking into the case of a statue of Queen Nefertiti, the wife of the monotheistic Akhenaten, which is currently in Germany. The plan is to have the statue transferred to el-Tawhid Museum, in Minya, about 240km south of Cairo, when it opens next year.
In 1912, a team of German archaeologists found the statue of Queen Nefertiti, made of limestone. They were given the precious antiquity under the law at the time that permitted the finders of ancient monuments to have a share in them.The head of the German Institute of Archaeology says that the German members of the committee will let their Egyptian counterparts know whether the statue can be transferred in time for the opening ceremony or not.El-Tawhid Museum will also include monuments related to Akhenaten. There will be a main building in the shape of a pyramid with floors, including display halls, a restoration school, a space for open shows, an administrative section and a bookshop. Tourist boats will be able to dock in a small harbour on the Nile by the museum.Meanwhile, Egypt wants to borrow another four antiquities from Germany to be displayed at the opening ceremony of the Grand Egyptian Museum in 2011. Zahi Hawass, the Secretary-General of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, said that the German Hildesheim Museum had agreed to lending Egypt a statue of the builder of Cheops (Khufu), the Great Pyramid.Egypt has also asked to borrow five antiquities from other countries to be displayed at the opening ceremony, including the Rosetta Stone, displayed in the Britain Museum, and the Celestial Sphere, displayed in the Louvre Museum, Paris. Hawass has disclosed that France has refused to lend Egypt the Celestial Sphere, as it might get damaged, while the British stipulate certain conditions for Egypt's borrowing the Rosetta Stone.