Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Museum sues USA over mummy mask

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 US 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 BC). 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.

Read more: Courthouse News Service

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