Exterior view of the New Louvre museum - Flickr
CAIRO – 19 September 2017: The Ministry of Antiquities has denied social media reports claiming that some Pharaonic monuments were sold to be exhibited at Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi, the cabinet's Information and Decision Support Center reported. The ministry emphasized its total keenness to protect all of the Egyptian monuments and ancient heritage spanning over thousands of years, which attest to the historical significance of such immortal monuments.
“If Abu Dhabi has exhibited Egyptian monuments, they would have been from the antiquities obtained at Louvre Museum in Paris, as there is an agreement between the two museums that Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi is subordinated to the one in Paris, which would therefore be legal according to the law,” the ministry added.
Any pieces of Egyptian antiquities that were taken away from the country before the issuance of the Antiquities Protection Law No 117 of 1983 might be exhibited in international museums in a legal matter, as antiquities dealing was once lawful according to the once applicable international laws, the ministry reported.
The ministry welcomes holding any outdoor temporary exhibitions in collaboration with Arab or foreign countries as long as there are good political and diplomatic ties, as such exhibitions are of great benefit for Egypt and the hosting country. The ministry has always been encouraging other countries to hold exhibitions pursuant to law, while taking all precautions and safety requirements that ensure getting the antiquities back safely to Egypt.
Egyptian monuments, including vessels, masks, exhibited at Louvre Museum In Paris - File Photo
Louvre Museum in Paris is one of the most visited destinations for tourists around the world. The museum has a great deal of monuments from many ancient civilizations. It has approximately 9,000 pieces of ancient Egyptian antiquities that were discovered during the French invasion of Egypt under the emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, who assigned Chameleon, the discoverer of the Rosetta stone, to study the ancient history of Egypt.
Egyptian monuments exhibited at Louvre Museum In Paris - File Photo
The Egyptian antiquities, including statues, sculptures, golden vessels and many stuffed pieces, are currently displayed in the museum, where there is a Department of Oriental and Ancient Egypt and the Greek and Roman civilizations.