Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Dodgy glass inlays returned to Egypt

Egypt Independent:Wed, 01/02/2017
Egypt's embassy in London received on Tuesday two artifacts that had been put for sale at a London auction house. The director general of the Retrieved Antiquities Department of the Antiquities Ministry, Shaaban Abdel Gawad, said on Wednesday that the two artifacts were stolen from archeological sites during the security void that followed the January 25 Revolution six years ago. The two retrived artifacts are made from glass and shaped like human heads, but belong to two different sites, Gawad in a statement today. The first was stolen from an antiquities store at el-Qantara, in Ismailia governorate during 2011, and the second artifact was stolen from el-Shaikh Ebada site in Minya governorate, he added.
Glass inlays, very popular with no-questions-asking collectors.The auction house is not named, and no indication is given whether the person consigning them has been arrested.

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