NATO forces to start Afghanistan withdrawal by May 1    New evidence suggests gender-based labour division as farming spread in Europe    Liverpool apologise to Real Madrid after team bus damaged    Europe scrambles as J&J vaccine delay deals another blow    Egyptian president orders upgrading, widening Cairo's longest bridge    Indian, Pakistan held secret talks to try to break Kashmir impasse    Egyptian Armed Forces continue sterilisation at major mosques during Ramadan    International Cooperation Minister witnesses UNDP Egypt accelerator lab launch    Iftar Cannon: History behind special Ramadan tradition in Egypt    Egypt, Arab League, UN discuss developments in Libya    Egyptian cement sees highest sales in recent years during March    Obituary: Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh    Egypt's stocks finish lower on Wednesday, benchmark EGX 30 tumbles 1.85%    Sudan invites Egypt, Ethiopia to closed meeting on GERD    Culture, Tourism Ministers honour Royal Mummies Parade line-up    Ethiopians head home after Yemen migrant life becomes untenable    Egyptian farmers fearful as Ethiopia goes for 2nd Blue Nile dam filling    Venice Biennale readies for 17th Int'l Architecture Exhibition curated by Lebanese Hashim Sarkis    Togo coach Le Roy resigns after Cup of Nations failure    PSG's Neymar says contract extension 'not a topic any more'    Egypt's balance of payments reaches $1.5bn surplus in H2 2020: CBE    Egypt's Banque Misr pre-tax profit climbs 40% in FY2019/20    Opinion| CEDAW and the challenges of globalisation    Cloth face masks affect exercise performance, physical capacity    Opinion| The issue of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam    Amazon Payment Services waives service fees for new MSMEs    Egypt, Kenya hold consultations on regional, UN issues    Egyptian prosecution releases two more journalists pending investigation    Egypt's Chief of Staff attends 'Al-Fateh-202' training by Southern Military Region    Nile tensions spill over    Party consensus    Egypt's current account deficit widens to $4.8 billion in October-December    Art Alert: Bahgaga to bring fun to Cairo's Zamalek Theatre with comedy music monologues    Water wars    Don't miss AUC's Lions of Cairo ensemble concert    Russian FM says Egypt is main partner in Middle East, Africa    Egypt sees an uptick in new coronavirus infections registers 801 new cases on Saturday    PMI moves towards a smoke-free transformation, takes part in a webinar on e-cigarettes    Zamalek's Shikabala nominated for best goal in CAF Champions League    Egypt's national youth fencing team achieves world glory    Karate Federation celebrates success of Egypt Cup    Egypt's President warns of grave consequences of water crises in Africa    Allianz Egypt partners with IGNITE to equip brand ambassadors for 2021 Olympics    Hassan Allam consortium wins contract to manage, operate Grand Egyptian Museum    Enhanced Labs signs Mr. Olympia 2020 "Big Ramy" And His Trainer Dennis James    King Tutankhamun funerary mask is must-see tourist icon: The Telegraph    Seasoned Egyptian screenwriter Wahid Hamed dies at 76    Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan to resume Nile dam talks today    







Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.





Retrieving smuggled heritage
Published in Ahram Online on 02 - 02 - 2021

After five years of diplomatic discussions and joint efforts with US authorities including the Department of Homeland Security, Egypt has succeeded in recovering a collection of 5,000 artefacts from the Museum of the Bible in Washington.
The objects had been held at the museum since its opening. Egypt has been seeking to repatriate the objects, which were smuggled out of the country from illegal excavations.
The artefacts include painted funerary masks, fragments of wooden coffins, a set of portraits of the dead, the heads of stone statues, Coptic manuscripts of prayers written in both Arabic and Coptic and Arabic alone, and fragments of papyrus with texts in Coptic and Greek as well as in ancient Egyptian hieratic and demotic scripts.
Shaaban Abdel-Gawad, supervisor of the Repatriation Department at the Ministry of Antiquities, said the objects had not been taken from archaeological storehouses or museums but had been smuggled out of the country after being illegally excavated.
The objects are now at the Coptic Museum in Cairo for restoration and will be part of a forthcoming exhibition. They will also be examined by the committee responsible for exhibition displays to select some of them for display in other museums.
Abdel-Gawad said that over the past two years Egypt has successfully repatriated 5,694 artefacts and 21,660 coins from Italy, the Czech Republic, the US, Sharjah, Kuwait, France, Cyprus, Britain, and Germany.
Among these was a collection of 425 artefacts from the United Arab Emirates dating to various eras of ancient Egypt. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohamed Al-Qasimi, the ruler of Sharjah, had decided to return the artefacts in a gesture of appreciation to Egypt.
The collection includes objects from the Pre-Dynastic era as early as 4,000 BCE, from the old, middle and new kingdoms, and from the Ptolemaic, Graeco-Roman and Coptic eras, along with rare stone, ceramic, and bronze figurines of ancient Egyptian deities like Isis and Amon-Ra, coloured wooden sarcophagi, human and animal mummies, and accessories made of alabaster.
Egypt also received an ancient Egyptian relief from London that had been stolen and illegally smuggled out of Egypt.
Abdel-Gawad said that the department had succeeded in locating the artefact by following up on the websites of international auctioneers. The relief was originally displayed in the open museum of the Karnak Temples in Luxor and carries the cartouche of king Amonhotep I.
*A version of this article appears in print in the 4 February , 2021 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly


Clic here to read the story from its source.