Artists create replicas of ancient Egyptian antiquities – in pictures

Egyptian media has reported that the government plans to sell these first class replicas at Cairo International Airport by the end of the month

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Some of the best Egyptian artists, sculptors and craftsmen are creating first class replicas of ancient Egyptian, as well as as Greco-Roman, Coptic and Islamic relics.

They're part of the Replica Production Unit at Salah Al Din Citadel in Cairo, a unit that falls under the Egyptian Ministry of State for Antiquities Affairs. The unit, which was established in 2010, produces replicas using the same methods used by ancient Egyptian workers.

Click though the gallery above to see the replicas. 

These replicas of iconic antiquities such as statues of Egyptian pharaohs, funerary masks, golden coffins, wooden sarcophagi, furniture and even pottery pieces, are then sold in the bazaars of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, and are displayed in international exhibitions.

According to recent media reports the first collection of replicas will be available for purchase at Cairo International Airport's duty free by the end of January this year.