Open display phase completed at Islamic Art Museum: official
Museum of Islamic Art in Cairo, Egypt. YOUM7 archive.

CAIRO: The open display work of 400 artifacts at the Cairo Museum of Islamic Art has been completed; head of the Museums Section at the antiquities ministry Elham Salah told Youm7 Friday.

A total of 400 objects, spanning several eras of Egypt’s Islamic history, are now on open display. They are displayed plinths, high up on walls, or suspended from the ceiling,” said Salah.

“A physical barrier technique has been used to deter visitors from touching the artifacts which are out of arm’s length distance,” Salah said, adding that the work on displaying the other 3,600 artifacts inside display cases has kicked off Thursday.

The Museum of Islamic Art in Cairo, one of the most renowned Islamic museums in the world was severely damaged in a car bomb targeting the nearby Cairo Security Directorate in January 2014. The explosion was one of a series that rocked Cairo on the eve of the January 25 Revolution’s third anniversary, in which five people were killed and over 70 injured.

The explosion damaged not less than 200 artifacts, according to former Antiquities Minister Mohamed Ibrahim.

The museum was scheduled to reopen in October but the opening ceremony has been postponed to Dec. 28 which marks the 112th anniversary of its founding.

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