Museum Sues USA Over Mummy Mask

16 Feb 2011 1:42 PM | Anonymous

Museum Sues USA Over Mummy Mask
Courthouse News

     ST. LOUIS (CN) - The St. Louis Art Museum sued the United States in a fight over the ancient Egyptian mummy Mask of Ka-Nefer-Nefer. The museum claims it is the rightful owner of the mask, and wants the Department of Homeland Security Secretary and U.S. the Attorney General enjoined from seizing it.
     The United States claims the mask was stolen.

     The mask was found in 1952 and the museum bought it in 1998. Ka-Nefer-Nefer was a noblewoman from Egypt's 19th dynasty (ca. 1298 - 1187 B.C.). Her mask is of painted and gilded plaster-coated linen over wood.

     The museum claims it launched a "months long" investigation of the mask's origins and found no evidence that it was stolen - it claims that even Egyptian law is on its side.


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