Looted Egyptian sarcophagus found in Jerusalem
|Egyptian sarcophagus detail [Credit: Israel Antiquities Authority]|
According to the IAA, “until recently antiquities dealers and other entities have exploited loopholes in the law whereby they brought antiquities into the country for the purpose of ‘laundering’ them.” In Israel owners of stolen artifacts can obtain documentation that would enable them to be sold in the open market as “artifacts… ostensibly of Israeli provenance.”
|This Egyptian sarcophagus cover was cut in half to facilitate smuggling [Credit: Israel Antiquities Authority]|
Egypt has requested the return of the sarcophagus covers, and the “legalities are currently being examined in order to return the objects to their country of origin.” In the meantime the items are being held by the IAA in climate controlled conditions in Jerusalem.
Author: Gabe Fisher | Source: The Times of Israel [April 03, 2012]
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