22 Nov 2011

Egyptian pre-dynastic basalt and terracotta vessels and fragments

Egyptian pre-dynastic basalt and terracotta vessels and fragments, stolen from the Maadi museum warehouse in Egypt, Cairo. 2002. Recovered in the US and returned to the Supreme Council of Antiquities.

An antiquities dealer bought a collection of Egyptian vessels in the US, which she was told had come from Egypt from a collector in the 1950’s with legal title. They were in fact stolen from a warehouse in Maadi, Egypt about four years ago, Ca. 2002.

The ALR was then approached by a collector, to research a vessel he had recently purchased. The ALR confirmed that it was recently stolen and part of the original group of missing objects.

The ALR managed to locate the entire group in the US and Europe from private and public sources and by 2007 and with the help of US Customs, handed them over to the Supreme Council of Antiquities in Cairo.