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Almost 70% of smuggled objects seized in Syria & Lebanon are fake

THE ART NEWSPAPER | Tim Cornwell:

Close to three-quarters of the artefacts seized in anti-smuggling operations in Syria and neighbouring Lebanon this year have proved to be fakes, Syria’s antiquities chief Maamoun Abdulkarim tells The Art Newspaper. Speaking ahead of his visit to Edinburgh’s International Cultural Summit this week, the director general for antiquities and museums also gives a relatively optimistic view of restoration work in Palmyra, and shares his pressing concerns over the devastating crisis in Aleppo… Read more

Image: Syria’s antiquities and museums agency released photos of a number of fake mosaics that were circulating in 2013. The number has only gone up: DGAM

2018-10-23T18:39:15+00:00