Egyptthreatened on Thursday to remove its antiquities from a Swiss exhibition unless the gallery withdrew a parallel show of photographs that Cairothought made look dirty. Egypt
Government antiquities chief Zahi Hawass said he faxed the ultimatum on Thursday to the Pierre Gianadda Foundation in the Swiss town of
, where an exhibition entitled Offerings to the Gods of Egypt opened on Monday. Martigny
If the foundation did not comply, Hawass's Supreme Council of Antiquities would boycott the foundation and send no antiquities to any Swiss exhibition indefinitely, he told Reuters.
The Egyptian government does not control most of the ancient objects on show because they come from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in
but it can withdraw the four items it did contribute, he said. New York
Friday, March 21, 2008
Egypt threatens to withdraw objects from Swiss show