Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Egyptian Art Update

Further to my post on Sunday (CLICK) Associated Press reports that more looters have tried to break into the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities in Cairo, home to the gold death mask of Tutankhamun. Special forces arrested about 35 men on Sunday and another 15 yesterday. Troops have been ordered not to shoot, but to protect the building and its contents. The graphic shows a soldier on guard inside the museum, radio in hand. Egypt's antiquities chief Zahi Hawass, now appointed Minister of State Antiquities in President Mubarak's attempt at a new government, inspected Friday's damage to artifacts inside the heavily guarded museum. He is quoted as saying "If the museum is safe, Egypt is safe" (title link). So far so good.


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