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Officials Say Ancient Gilded Coffin Arrived in Egypt

Officials Say Ancient Gilded Coffin Arrived in Egypt

Saturday, 28 September, 2019 - 16:45
The Gold Coffin of Nedjemankh is displayed during a news conference to announce its return the the people of Egypt in New York City, US, September 25, 2019. (Reuters)

Egyptian airport officials said a gilded coffin that was featured at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art has arrived in Cairo.

They said the Coffin of Nedjemankh, which investigators in New York determined to be a looted antiquity, arrived Saturday.

The officials spoke of condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief media.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art bought the piece from a Paris art dealer in 2017 for about $4 million and made it the centerpiece of an exhibition. It was removed last February.

The Met has apologized to Egypt.

Prosecutors said they have found evidence of hundreds more antiquities thefts.

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