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Ancient Egyptian sphinx recovered in Italy

Washington , Fri, 07 Dec 2012 ANI

Washington, Dec. 7 (ANI): An Egyptian granite sculpture of a sphinx that risked ending up on the antiquities black market, is now destined to be shown in a museum in Rome.

The Italian police recovered it from people suspected to be involved in illicit trafficking in antiquities last week.

Italian Tax Police Maj. Massimo Rossi said the sculpture- that is roughly two feet tall and four feet long - was perhaps as old as the 4th century BC, was found on the outskirts of Rome, Fox News reported.

It was in a box hidden in a greenhouse near an ancient Etruscan necropolis.

Rossi said on Thursday that the sphinx likely adorned a 1st century BC Roman villa, in keeping with the fashion then for Egyptian sculpture as decoration.

He said that an Italian and a Romanian are being investigated in the probe of suspected illicit trafficking in antiquities.

Villa Giulia museum, which specializes in Etruscan antiquities, will be hosting the sphinx. (ANI)

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