Mohsen explained in a post on Facebook that one of those smuggled Yemeni antiquities was a funeral headstone, which was smuggled from one of the Yemeni provinces and sold abroad.
He pointed out that smuggling began from Jawf province to the “art market” in the UAE, to the US, and then to Israel.
Before the Second Gulf War, in 1990, a limestone funerary headstone dating back to the fifth-third century BC, from the antiquities of Yemen in Jawf, “the state of Ma’een”, was displayed in Abu Dhabi without auction,” Mohsen said. "This is confirmed by the Christie’s New York website, which identified the source of the piece as the UAE art market.”
He pointed out that Christie’s auction on December 7, 2011 sold the antiquity, and it recently appeared in the Yemen exhibition (From Sheba to Jerusalem) held by the Museum of the Bible Countries in Al-Quds on May 22, 2021.
Significantly, American and French auctions topped the list of exhibitions selling looted Yemeni antiquities in recent years, in light of accusations directed at the Saudi-led coalition and the pro-aggression government of being behind networks of looting and smuggling Yemen’s history and heritage.
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