Islamic Monuments
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The Islamic monuments of Historic Cairo have recently been struck by a series of damaging thefts. Many unique and precious objects have been looted from mosques and other important monuments.

In some instances, it is believed that the larger furnishings and architectural elements were stolen to be sold and used as raw material; while in other cases, mosque furniture was purposefully stripped of carved and decorated pieces, perhaps to be sold off in the international art market. The SCA is hoping to raise the level of awareness of these incidents in the hope of preventing Cairo's monuments from being further compromised.

In the coming months, the SCA will be posting individual pages on this web site to provide information about specific thefts. In the meantime, we would like to thank the scholars, both in Egypt and abroad, that are contributing to this cause by providing images of the missing pieces and compiling documentation.

The Mask of Ka-nefer-nefer, stolen from Egypt and currently in the possession of the St. Louis Museum of Art (St. Louis Museum of Art)
Mosque of Sultan Mu'ayyad Shaykh, after theft (Iman R. Abdulfattah)

 

Mosque of al-Fakahani with missing panels (Iman R. Abdulfattah)