Main image courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York’s renowned Metropolitan Museum of Art once featured a 4 million dollar golden coffin of the ancient Egyptian priest, Nedjemankh. According to CNN, it was supposedly taken from Minya in Egypt nearly a decade ago, during the 2011 revolution, then sold to the Met in July 2017. Predictably, this smuggling was a considerably big deal and, needless to say, such a priceless relic could not be replaced.
After evidence of the theft was presented, a search warrant was issued and an investigation soon followed, resulting in the removal of the coffin from the exhibition last February. According to AhramOnline, Manhattan District Attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., and Egypt’s Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry, held a repatriation ceremony in New York on Wednesday to publicly show off the gilded coffin. You can read more details about the operation via the source.
Via Usa Today
The US attorney stated, “Coming as we do, from all over the world, New Yorkers place a strong value on cultural heritage, and our office takes pride in our work to vigorously protect it.” He continued, “Returning stolen cultural treasures to their countries of origin is at the core of our mission to stop the trafficking of stolen antiquities. I am honoured to repatriate this extraordinary artefact back to the people of Egypt.”
We are proud to say that the coffin has been safely returned to its rightful owners, and that the government still strives consistently to restore our heritage until today, no matter where the artefacts may be located on the map.