Nefer-Neferland: A cultural history war comes to a head in St. Louis.

17 Feb 2011 8:00 AM | Anonymous

Nefer-Neferland: A cultural history war comes to a head in St. Louis.
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By the Editorial Board St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Posted: Thursday, February 17, 2011 12:01
In the case of The Art Museum Subdistrict of the Metropolitan Zoological Park and Museum District of The City of Saint Louis and The County of Saint Louis v. The United States of America et al, who do you root for?

If you pay Zoo-Museum District property taxes to St. Louis city or county, maybe you root for the home team, the St. Louis Art Museum, which claims its $499,000 purchase in 1998 of the ancient Egyptian burial mask of Ka-Nefer-Nefer was entirely legal. What’s more, the museum says it did its due diligence on the provenance of the 3,200-year-old artifact.

Besides, the museum asserts in the lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in St. Louis, even if the mask was stolen undefined as the government of Egypt claims undefined the statute of limitations has expired, limiting the U.S. government’s ability to seize stolen property.

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