Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Our Treasures Abroad, London: Egypt to prevent sale of stolen antiquities in London
Legal measures are being taken to stop the sale of illegally smuggled antiquities in London. Written By / Nevine El-Aref.
Egypt's ministry of antiquities has taken all legal measures to stop the sale of a collection of original Islamic objects that are due to be put on sale in Sotheby's auction house in London on Wednesday, Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh Eldamaty announced Monday.
The minister said that the collection includes Islamic artifacts and manuscripts that go back to the era of Sultan Qunsuwa Al-Ghouri. Among these artefacts is an endowment that was registered in a book written by art professor Mohamed Amen entitled Cairo Documents Catalog until the end of the Mameluk Sultans.
The ministry reported the incident to the ministry of foreign affairs who, in turn, took all procedures to stop the sale of these objects as they are stolen and were illegally smuggled out of the country in the aftermath of 2011 January Revolution.