Thursday, February 11, 2016

Recovered Artifacts, Damietta: Attempt to Smuggle 14 Artifacts Foiled in Damietta

CAIRO: Damietta Port security forces foiled Wednesday an attempt to smuggle 14 antiquities dating from at the turn of 19th and 20th century, according to a statement from the Ministry of Interior.

The artifacts included a pottery mural with tridimensional flowers, a candlestick of white porcelain with carved three-leg base, white-porcelain plates with colorful paintings, glassware with yellow roundels, a white-porcelain jug with drawings of colorful plants, and a jewelry in form of a small tree,  the statement added.

The artifacts were hidden in wooden furniture pieces heading to an Arab country via Damietta Port, the statement noted, continuing that they belong to a Giza-resided citizen called Heba A. S.

On Jan. 20, port security forces also foiled an attempt to smuggle 14 artifacts dating back to the Alawite dynasty. On Feb. 6, an attempt to smuggle 148 antique coins, dating back to the Mohamed Ali Dynasty (1805-1952), was foiled by the authorities at Luxor International Airport.

Similar attempts to smuggle artifacts via airports have been foiled by customs authorities over the past months. Hundreds of repatriated artifacts that were smuggled outside the country following the 2011 Revolution are currently displayed at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

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