CAIRO (AP) — Egypt is displaying a gilded ancient coffin returned to the country last week from New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art after United States (US) investigators determined it to be a looted antiquity.
The coffin once held the mummy of Nedjemankh, a priest in the Ptolemaic Period some 2,000 years ago. It was put on display yesterday at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Cairo. US Chargé d’Affaires Thomas Goldberger attended the ceremony. Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Ananni said the repatriation of this “unique, wonderful” artefact shows a “very strong solidarity” between Egypt and the US.
The Met bought it from a Paris art dealer in 2017 for about USD4 million and made it the centrepiece of an exhibition. It was removed in February. The Met has apologised to Egypt.