Five artifacts found missing from Egypt's Coptic Museum

Nevine El-Aref , Monday 24 Jan 2011

A copper candlestick and a coin from the Byzantine period are among the pieces missing

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Five artifacts from the Coptic Museum's collection were found missing during a routine inventory of the entire museum collection.

The routine inventory procedure, which began when the former director retired three years ago, included a review of the thousands of objects in the museum and its stores. Only completed in recent days, the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) confirmed that five valuable artifacts had been found missing.

Zahi Hawass, secretary-general of the SCA, transferred the case to the Prosecutor General, who has begun investigations.

The objects in question are a chair engraved with crosses, a copper candlestick, a lamp cover in the shape of a human face, a bronze incense burner in poor condition, and a 2cm-wide bronze coin dating to the Byzantine period.

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