Egypt retrieves smuggled antiquities

10-01-2017 08:17 PM

Iman Shawqy

Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Enany has announced that Egypt succeeded in

retrieving ancient artefacts from the US, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates

in the course of a week since the beginning of December 2016. The artefacts had

been stolen and illegally smuggled out of Egypt, Dr Enany said in a statement.

On 1 December 2016, the Egyptian embassy in the US received four Late Period

artefacts. These include of a shrivelled mummified hand; a painted child

sarcophagus; a gilded mummy mask; and the anthropoid lid of a wooden

sarcophagus decorated with different ancient Egyptian religious scenes; as well as

a painted linen mummy shroud.

On 2 December, the Egyptian Embassy in Switzerland received three parts of an

ancient Egyptian stelae that goes back to the first millennia BC and that went

missing in 1995 missing. On 6 December, Egypt's ambassador to the UAE

received two stolen Islamic-era lamps.

The recovered objects are in the process of being packaged and shipped to Egypt.

Dr Enany expressed his full appreciation for all the efforts exerted on the local and

foreign levels to protect and preserve Egypt’s cultural and archaeological heritage.


Early December 2016, Egypt signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with

the United States that imposes restrictions on the importation of illicit antiquities

from Egypt.

Watani International

10 January 2017

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