Wednesday 19 February 2014

Artefacts from Al-Qantara Sharq Stores Turning up in Foreign Markets

According to the Cairo Post (Dina Abdel Aleem, Feb. 18, 2014):
The Ministry of Antiquities announced on Tuesday that 36 stolen artifacts from Al-Qantara Sharq Museum in Ismailia Governorate have been recovered. The museum had been attacked during the lawless days after the January 25 Revolution, Minister of Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim said, adding that the restoration of the 36 stolen antiquities means that a total of 307 out of 845 stolen antiquities have been recovered. Youssef Khalifa, head of the central department of archaeological finds, said the stolen pieces were found with a drug dealer in Arish.
Al-Ahram (Nevine El-Aref , 'An ancient Egyptian piece of a sarcophagus return to Egypt', 18 Feb 2014) lets slip:
Minister of State for Antiquities, Mohamed Ibrahim, [...] added that Egypt has also recovered a marble statue of a lion from Germany and a collection of Ptolemaic vessels made of glass from France. According to Ibrahim, these objects were stolen from store galleries in the northeastern city of Qantarah Al-Sharqiyya as a result of the lack of security that overwhelmed the country following January 2011 revolution.

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