Egypt has opened an exhibition of the latest batch of antiquities that have been returned to the country after they were spirited out illegally.

The exhibition, held in Cairo's famed Egyptian Museum, has on display 198 artifacts from a total of about 500 pieces repatriated to Egypt in 2014 and 2015. The artifacts include 90 pieces from France, 55 from Germany and 35 from the United States.

Among the pieces that went on display on Thursday are an ancient Egyptian tablet and a sarcophagus, Roman-era coins and part of an ornate Islamic pulpit dating back to the 15th century.

The first such exhibit was held in 2010, part of an increasingly active campaign by the Egyptians to secure the return of stolen antiquities.