The Mubarak Egyptian Gift Collection is a famous collection of jewels & precious objects from the Land of the Pharaohs. It includes Egyptian treasures and Ancient Egyptian Jewelry of national importance.
The collection is currently held in the National Museum of America in Washington DC.
At first blush, it would seem an appropriate tabernacle for such an Egyptian assemblage, as The National Museum of America is in close proximity to the Ancient Egyptian Obelisk in Washington DC.
The Mubarak Egyptian Gift Collection includes Egyptian & Ancient Jewelry and precious objects, (some of antiquity) sent, according to a recent article in the Egyptian magazine, Rosalyousef Daily, as gifts to five US presidents and various high ranking US officials from ousted President Hosni Mubarak, during his 30 year reign (1981 - 2011).
In each case, the gifts were accepted because refusal would cause embarrassment to donor and the U.S. Government.
This Pandora's box, however, is famous for all the wrong reasons.
It also did not go unnoticed, that in 2010, there was an increase in the volume of gifts, possibly due to the increasing tensions in the streets of Egypt. Gifts from the year 2010, included in the Mubarak Egyptian Gift Collection were the following:
1. A priceless box made of pure silver embellished with precious gems.
To: Joe Biden Jr. the 47th and current Vice President of the United States, serving under President Barack Obama.
Date: December 2010
2. A royal ancient egyptian box made of Alabaster with marvelous silver chains plus table cloths embellished with pure gold threads.
From Suzanne Mubarak to Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States.
3. A gold chain embellished with diamonds.
To: Dr. Robert Michael Gates who served as the 22nd United States Secretary of Defense from 2006 to 2011. Prior to this, Gates served for 26 years in the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Council, and under President George H. W. Bush as Director of Central Intelligence.
Date: 22th June, 2010
4. An historic Egyptian pure silver jug for red wine
To: Dr. Robert Michael Gates
Date: 22th July, 2010
5. A historic jug plated with pure gold and an ancient egyptian gold pendant.
To: retired admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from October 1, 2007 to September 30, 2011.
Date: 21th April 2010
and... a silver jug on 4 June 2010
6. A rifle made of pure gold with gold bullets.
To: Dr. Robert Michael Gates
Date: 5th April 2010
7. The Mubarak Egyptian Gift Collection includes a bracelet of pure 24K Gold embellished with a blue stone (gem not specified) and genuine ancient egyptian scarabs.
To: Mary Beth Long, United States Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs from 2007 to 2009
Date: 15th Jan 2010
8. a pure silver jug
To: Admiral Gary Rafhid, commander of US navy operations.
Date: 28th of May 2010
and to Gary & his wife from Hosni Mubarak and Suzanne, an Ancient Egyptian Bangle embellished with diamonds, presented in a box made of pure gold, accompanied with a letter of authenticity.
Date: 25th of May 2010
9. Two Gold bars, pure gold 18 K
To: Stephan R. Angles (spelling may not be accurate) - FBI senior
Date: 1st of March 2010
10. Priceless historic 18th century carpet measures 133 x 146 ( unit of measurement not identified in the article) made of silk embellished with gold threads.
To: CIA officer:
Date: 12th of October 2010
11. Hand made egyptian box embellished with diamonds.
To: US Vice president Joseph Biden
Date: 22th October 2010
12. Other "gifts" from Mubarak are reportedly still under investigation.
Excerpts from the source article also goes on to say:
The Supreme US court ruled (date unknown) that the Egyptian gifts were in fact, direct or indirect bribes.
The Supreme US court ruled that the Mubarak Egyptian Gift Collection be transferred to the archive of The National Museum of America to put in its right place for future American generations to record the story of an Egyptian dictator who tried to bribe the United States of America while he held the reigns of Egypt for 30 years, but didn't succeed.
Excerpts from the article have been translated from Arabic by Al-Australi Arabic Translating & Interpreting Service.
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Tawhid Magdi, '2 Billion Dollars Gifts from Mubarak to Presidents of the US' Wednesday 16th November 2011, Issue 1959, Rosalyousef Daily.
http://www.Rosaonline.net/Daily/News.asp?id=130698 at 30th November 2011
Hans Ollermann 'Tutankhamun Treasures' Cairo.
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