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ICOM publishes Egypt's Red List to protect its cultural heritage

ICOM publishes Egypt’s emergency Red List of its cultural objects at risk; list includes articles stolen before and after the January 25 revolution

Nevine El-Aref , Monday 27 Feb 2012
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A year after Egypt’s 2011 Revolution, the International Council of Museums (ICOM) publishes a new Emergency Red List of Egyptian Cultural Objects at Risk.

The list was presented by Julien Anfrums, the director general of ICOM during a seminar on illicit traffic and red lists held at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC) in Cairo early this week.

During the seminar, Anfrums announced that Egypt’s Red List is now being circulated internationally, and it includes  statues, vessels, funerary objects, coins, textiles, manuscripts and architectural elements that were stolen from inventories, museums and institutions' collections.

Minister of State for Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim told Ahram online that the list includes objects that have been stolen during turmoil and lack of security in the aftermath of the January 25 revolution as well as other objects that have been previously stolen from antiquities storage.

The ICOM Red Lists are considered an important, effective tools designed to help police, customs officials, heritage professionals, and art and antiquities dealers identify the types of objects that are most susceptible to illicit trafficking and therefore subject to smuggling and illicit trade.

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