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Three statues belonged to Napatan civilisation were stolen from Northern Sudan

Three statues belonged to Napatan civilisation were stolen on 3 April 2014 from a museum in South Sudan.

Apr 4, 2014 12:20 IST
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Three statues belonged to Napatan civilisation were stolen on 3 April 2014 from a museum in South Sudan.

The statues dating from 450 B.C were disappeared from a museum at the Jebel Barkal heritage area in northern Sudan. The museum is a UNESCO World Heritage site

imageThe Statues are small about 10-15 centimetres in height. The statues preserved the heritage of Napatan kingdom. Napatan Kingdom is one of the important periods in Sudanese history.

About Napatan Civilisation

Napata was a city-state of ancient Nubia on the west bank of the Nile River, at the site of modern Karima, Northern Sudan.

Napata was founded by Thutmose III in the 15th century BC after his conquest of Nubia. The nearby Jebel Barkal was taken to mark the southern border of the New Kingdom.

In 1075 BC, the High Priest of Amun at Thebes, capital of Egypt, became powerful enough to limit the power of the pharaoh over Upper Egypt. This was the beginning of the Third Intermediate Period (1075 BC-664 BC). The fragmentation of power in Egypt allowed the Nubians to regain autonomy. They founded a new kingdom, Kush, and centered it at Napata.

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