Egyptian Mummy Mask Will Stay in St. Louis

17 Jun 2014 11:05 AM | Anonymous
Egyptian Mummy Mask Will Stay in St. Louis

(CN) - An ancient Egyptian mummy mask will remain in the St. Louis Art Museum because the U.S. government cannot prove the mask was stolen from Egypt when it went missing 40 years ago, the 8th Circuit ruled.

The Mask of Ka-Nefer-Nefer is a 3,200-year-old Egyptian mummy mask of an Egyptian noblewoman that was discovered in 1952 in Saqqara, Egypt.
In a 1973 inventory of ancient artifacts, the mask was discovered missing.
It was rediscovered in 1998, when the St. Louis Art Museum purchased it from Phoenix Ancient Art of New York and Geneva, an antiquities seller.  The museum has refused the Egyptian government's repeated requests to return the mask.

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