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Islamic museum collection is safe

The ministry of state for antiquities denies the theft of 4,200 artefacts

Nevine El-Aref , Monday 13 Jun 2011
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It seems that rumours took their toll on the Ministry of State for Antiquities (MSA). A collection of 4,200 Islamic artefacts had been claimed stolen from the Islamic museum in Bab El Khalq, downtown Cairo. The rumour included the transfer of these objects from the museum to the presidential palaces.

Atteya Radwan, head of the museum section at the MSA denies any of this took place. He told Ahram Online that all the objects, whether exhibited or stored in the Islamic museum, are safe and sound and nothing has been transferred to the presidential palaces. If any object travelled in an international exhibition or is in permanent display at a national museum, asserted Radwan, all legal procedures have been taken to transfer that object.

“The 95,000 objects of the museum collection, and the 2,000 of them on display are safe and sound at the museum,” confirmed Radwan.

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