Saturday, 12 November 2011

Egyptian antiquities and the Australian market

The Egyptian press has reported that a delegation from Egypt has collected 122 Egyptian antiquities in Sydney ("Local Delegation Heads to Australia to Retrieve 122 Artifacts", Egypt State Information Service October 29, 2011).
SCA Secretary General Dr. Mustafa Amin said the most important artifacts to be retrieved are a bust of granite and a statue made of glass in addition to a group of statues including one made of bronze.
This raises the question about the importer, the vendor and the collector. And is this seizure the hint of a well organised network?

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