Istanbul police seize over 70 historical artifacts
Among artifacts are Iznik and Canakkale ceramics, Seljuk earthenware bowls, bronze work featuring Quranic verse
More than 70 historical artifacts were seized in an operation in Istanbul, a security source said on Wednesday.
Acting on a tip-off, anti-smuggling teams conducted an operation in an art house on Tuesday in Sisli district of the metropolis, the source said on condition of anonymity.
A suspect was arrested and 78 historical artifacts were seized, the source added.
Some of the artifacts belong to the Byzantine, Ottoman, Seljuk and Safavid eras.
An Ottoman-era stained glass and Iznik and Canakkale ceramics, Seljuk earthenware bowls, a bronze work featuring Quranic verses and a helmet belonging to the Safavid period were among the artifacts.
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