Fars, Iran: Artifact stolen from Vakil Mosque found

Artifact stolen from Vakil Mosque found
Wed Aug 25, 2010 10:22AM

Police have recovered the inscription stolen from Vakil Mosque.
Iranian police have recovered an ancient inscription that was stolen from a historic mosque in southern province of Fars over four months ago.

“Investigations launched by police and heritage activists over the last few months concluded with the discovery of the precious artifact in Marvdasht city, located in Fars Province,” said Mohammad-Reza Bazrgar, head of Fars Province Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Department.

“In May 2010, thieves entered the Vakil Mosque under cover of darkness. Then they captured and tied up a security guard before escaping with the invaluable item,” he further explained.

The mosque was built between 1751 and 1773, during the Zand Dynasty. It was restored in the 19th century during the Qajar period.

“No one has yet been arrested related to the theft,” he went on to say.

The ancient piece belongs to the early Islamic era. Verses of the holy Quran were carved on the jadeite which measures 125 centimeters by 70 centimeters.


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