Recovered Islamic-era lamps to go on show at Egyptian Museum

Nevine El-Aref , Wednesday 25 Jan 2017

The six recovered Islamic-era lamps are to be included in a special display at the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square opening Thursday

Six Islamic-era lamps stolen from Al-Refai Mosque in early January and recovered yesterday are to be put on display Thursday at the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square, Elham Salah, head of the Museums Department at the Ministry of Antiquities, told Ahram Online.

Salah said that the lamps are on their way to the museum in order to be put in a special display within the “Cradle of Religions” exhibition, to be inaugurated tomorrow by Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany.

“Exhibiting these lamps highlights the strong efforts exerted by the Tourism and Antiquities Police to retrieve the lamps and to catch the criminals red-handed,” Salah pointed out.

El-Enany said that he was sure the lamps would be recovered quickly. The recovery, he said, highlights the strong cooperation between the ministries of antiquities and interior to protect and preserve Egypt’s archaeological heritage.

The exhibition “Cradle of Religions” is a temporary exhibition of 57 artefacts from the ancient Egyptian era through the Islamic era, carefully selected from the Egyptian Museum, the Coptic Museum, and the Museum of Islamic Art.

The exhibition lasts until end of February.

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