February 25, 1999
-- In an operation conducted to tackle smugglers by the police in Isfahan, large
number of antiques were uncovered in a house.
The discovered objects, said to be
110 pieces, include gold-filled crystal dishes, swords, manuscripts, silver
necklaces, big gold-filled brass deers whose antiquity is said to date back to
Safavid and Qajar eras. Colonel Vaseli, deputy for the police in Isfahan
disclosed, "these antiques had been buried in the basement of an Isfahani
citizen's house at the beginning of the 1979 Revolution".
"The man was a professional antique dealer', he said the discovered objects
were only part of the real number and most probably some of them had been sold
to the domestic or foreign customers.
Moreover, Isfahan's police, in another
operation managed to confiscate nine relics among which is a stone statue
belonging to Elamite era (1500 BC).