Min. of Antiquities receives ancient coffin’s cover



Thu, 11 Oct 2018 - 11:57 GMT


Thu, 11 Oct 2018 - 11:57 GMT

The returned coffin cover - Egypt Today

The returned coffin cover - Egypt Today

CAIRO – 11 October 2018: Ministry of Foreign Affairs handed over the cover of the ancient wooden coffin to a committee of antiquities experts on Wednesday, October 10.

The Egyptian Embassy in Kuwait coordinated with the concerned authorities to hand over the coffin’s cover, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The ministries of foreign affairs and antiquities lauded the Kuwaiti authorities’ efforts and cooperation with the Egyptian Embassy in Kuwait to deliver the Egyptian artifact.

The Egyptian Embassy in Kuwait received on Monday, Oct. 8, the cover of the wooden ancient coffin, which was smuggled to Kuwait on March 1.

Egypt's Ambassador in Kuwait Tarek el-Koni thanked Kuwaiti authorities, the National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters Kuwait, the General Administration of Customs, Kuwaiti Foreign Ministry, and the Antiquities Department for their cooperation to send the cover back to Egypt.

Kuwaiti General Administration of Customs and Kuwait International Airport seized the cover of a wooden ancient coffin among air cargo coming from Egypt, and a tripartite committee confirmed that it is an archaeological piece.

Since 2017, the Ministry of Antiquities has seized and restored many ancient artifacts. Previously, Egypt received 118 ancient Egyptian artifacts that were smuggled to Italy, according to Egyptian General Prosecutor Nabil Sadek.

The statement of the general prosecutor affirmed that authorities of Cairo International Airport received the artifacts returning from Italy.

Italian prosecution in Salerno, Italy, agreed to return to Egypt the smuggled artifacts that the Italian authorities seized in Naples, Italy, in May.

This came in response to Egyptian prosecutor-general's request to Italy to bring back the ancient Egyptian artifacts.

The Returned Coffin - Egypt Today
The returned coffin cover - Egypt Today



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