Iraqi Federal Police Chief Lieutenant General Raed Shaker Jawdat announced on Friday the arrest of two people while attempting to sell antiquities in Baghdad- Egypt Today Iraqi Federal Police Chief Lieutenant General Raed Shaker Jawdat announced on Friday the arrest of two people while attempting to sell antiquities in Baghdad- Egypt Today

Iraqi Federal Police arrests 2 people attempting to sell pharaonic antiquities

Fri, Nov. 9, 2018
CAIRO – 9 November 2018: Iraqi Federal Police Chief Lieutenant General Raed Shaker Jawdat announced on Friday the arrest of two people while attempting to sell antiquities in Baghdad.

The Iraqi police set an ambush to them and they were arrested while bargaining with the buyer to complete the sale.

The suspects and seizures were handed over to the competent authorities to complete the legal proceedings against them. The value of these antiquities is $ 5 million.

On October 3O, Egypt’s Tourism and Antiquities Police in Saqqara area, an archaeological site south east of Giza, managed to arrest four persons while attempting to sell an ancient coffin.

The arrest comes as part of Egypt’s continuous efforts to combat antiquities’ trade, which is prohibited in the African country.

The traders were trying to sell the coffinfor a sum of LE 250,000 ($13.9 thousand), Ayman Ashmawy, the head of Ancient Egyptian Artifacts at the Ministry of Antiquities, said. He added that a specialized committee was formed by the ministry to inspect the coffin and decide whether it is original or not.

Following examination, it was found that the coffin dates back to the Ptolemaic kingdom or the late period of ancient Egypt, Ashmawy said, adding that the coffinwas found containing a mummified body. Ashmawy said the seized antiquities donot include the objects reported missing from the ministry's stores or museums.

Describing the coffin, the Antiquities Ministry’s official said that it is a human-shaped wooden coffin, with a layer of colored gypsum topped by a human face of a woman with a wig.

The coffin depicts the winged sky god, Horus; a view of the embalming process carried out on the deceased; and a text engraved in the ancient formal writing of hieroglyphs, Ashmawy said.

Aview of a snake can be recognized on each of the right and left sides, representing the protecting gods, Ashmawy added.

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