Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Short update re the St Louis Mask

"Nefer's mask was purchased by the museum in 1998 for nearly a half a million dollars, but now the Egyptian government wants it back. 'About 10 days ago, we received a letter from Dr. Zahi Hawass, who is head of the Supreme Council on Egyptian Requisition, that the mask, which is in the museum's collection, is stolen from Egypt,' says Brent Benjamin, Director of the St. Louis Art Museum. 'That's a very serious charge,' says Benjamin.Benjamin says he has sent Egyptian officials proof that the mask was carefully researched before the purchase."
For more about the mask, see the above web page

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