18th-century Hebrew artefacts seized before smuggling

20-08-2017 10:18 PM

Sanaa’ Farouk


An attempt by a Saudi citizen to smuggle six 18th-century artefacts out of Egypt from a Red Sea port at Hurghada was foiled by Egyptian authorities.
Ahmed al-Rawi, the head of the Central Administration of Seized Antiquities Unit at the Antiquities Ministry, said the seized artefacts included a cane with a handle carved in stone bearing the shape of a man with a long beard wearing the Jewish cap (kippah), as well as five stone reliefs engraved with Hebrew texts and other decorative elements. A book of 29 papers written in Hebrew was also among the seized collection.
Rawi asserted that the artefacts were seized after approving their authenticity, in accordance with the law.

Watani International
20 August 2017

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