The ancient sarcophagus was returned to Egypt from a US museum after authorities determined it had been looted.
The nearly 3-meter (9.5-foot) tall sarcophagus was stored at the Houston Museum of Natural Science in Texas until Egyptian authorities removed it as part of government efforts to stop the trafficking of stolen antiquities. I asked for its return.
In 2021, Cairo authorities successfully returned to Egypt 5,300 artifacts stolen from around the world.
According to Mostafa Waziri of the Supreme Council of Ancient Egypt, the sarcophagus dates from 664 BC to 332 BC, to the time of Alexander the Great’s expeditions.
Some of the inscriptions have been erased, but Waziri believes the sarcophagus belonged to an ancient priest named Ankenmat.
Three months after the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office determined it had been looted from the Abu Sur Necropolis north of Cairo, the artifact was symbolically unveiled Monday in a ceremony in Cairo by Daniel Rubinstein, the US envoy to Egypt. handed over.
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin L. Bragg said at the time, “This magnificent coffin was trafficked by an organized network that has looted countless antiques from the area.”
“We are delighted to have this object returned to Egypt, where it rightfully belongs.”
Around the same time in 2008, he said, a criminal network seized a gold coffin that was on display at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art after it was stolen from a Paris art dealer in 2017 for $4 million (£3.3 million). Added that it was smuggled.
The coffin was returned to Egypt in 2019.
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