‘Isis looted’ Syrian Ottoman ceramic bound for Russia seized in Finland


A 15th century Syrian artefact was retrieved by Finnish authorities as it was being smuggled across the border to Russia, in what detectives said was the first known piece of art looted in the war-torn country to be trafficked through the Scandinavian country.

Finnish Customs authorities said they seized the ceramic plaque in April during vehicle controls on the eastern border.

Believed to be an Ottoman pottery dating back some 650 years, the blue-coloured piece depicts a hunting scene on a rural background.

Finnish Customs anti-crime unit chief Hannu Sinkkonen told IBTimes UK officers found it among other items loaded in the cargo of a small Russia-bound transport company truck. Read more.

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