Egyptian art must return to its rightful home, says UN

Art dealers and collectors should be on the alert for stolen Egyptian artefacts.

King Tut statue

King Tut statue

The call comes from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization or UNESCO. Several important relics from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo are reported missing.

Jocelyne Sambira has more.

Egyptian authorities have reported that several important pieces have been stolen from the national museum, including the wood statue of King Tutankhamen being carried by a goddess.

These valuable pieces are part of Egypt’s history and identity, says UNESCO’s Director-General.

Trading or buying cultural property is an international crime that is punishable by law.

The UN is calling on art dealers around the world to verify the origin of all property before making a sale, especially if the offer is on the internet.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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