Egypt Announces Details Of Recovering An Artifact From Italy
Dr. Khaled El-Enany
The Ministries of Tourism and Antiquities and Foreign Affairs succeeded in retrieving an artifact from Italy that had been seized by the authorities in the Cagliari region in Italy in 2018. This piece was handed over to the Ambassador of Egypt in Italy HE Hisham Badr today, at the headquarters of the anti-cultural property unit of the Italian Gendarmerie.
This is part of the ongoing cooperation between the two parties in preserving the heritage of the civilization of the two countries and combating such crimes.
The ambassador expressed appreciation for the continuous cooperation between the Egyptian and Italian sides in fighting the smuggling of cultural property.
Mr. Shaaban Abdel-Gawad, the General Supervisor of the repatriation department, explained that as soon as the piece was seized by the Italian authorities, all necessary measures were taken between the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and the International Cooperation Office at the Egyptian Attorney General's office and a request for judicial assistance was sent to the Italian authorities; indicating that the recovered piece is a part of a wooden coffin cover that appears to be the middle part of a coffin covered with a layer of plaster and a port on it. Four bands of hieroglyphic signs written with black ink dating back to the Late Period were smuggled from Egypt illegally.
Shipping and packaging measures are being taken for the return of the Egyptian antique as soon as possible.
It is worth noting that Egypt was able to recover 195 antiquities in addition to 21,660 antique coins from Italy in 2018.