Egypt ‘exhibits’ stolen coffin of ancient priest

A New York museum recently returned a stolen gold artefact from Egypt. The 2,100 year-old coffin of a pries was exhibited in Egypt following the return.

The gilded coffin of the priest known as Nedjemankh was looted and smuggled out of Egypt in 2011, according to Reuters report.

Recall we reported that a US museum returned a looted gold coffin stolen by art thieves to Egypt.

It had been sold to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City by a global art trafficking network, which used fraudulent documents, officials said.

The coffin, which dates back to the 1st Century BC, was bought by the prestigious museum for $4m (N1.4 billion) from a Parisian art dealer.

It was first shipped to Germany where it was restored before being transported to France.

The museum was given a forged 1971 Egyptian export licence, among other false documents, prosecutors told US local media.

Officials said the grand and ornate coffin had been buried in the country’s Minya region for 2,000 years before it was stolen in 2011.

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