USA returns historical coffin stolen from Africa (Photo)

USA returns historical coffin stolen from Africa (Photo)

- The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has returned a sarcophagus to Egypt after it was stolen during the Arab Spring

- The gilded coffin dates to the first century BC and reportedly holds the mummy of Nedjemankh, a priest of the ram god Heryshaf

- The coffin was reportedly moved from Egpyt through Dubai to Germany and then France before being sold to the American museum

YEN.com.gh has learned that the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has returned a gilded coffin that was stolen from Egypt.

The coffin was reportedly stolen by art thieves during the Arab Spring and it was purchased by the museum.

Information available shows that the sarcophagus dates back to the first century BC and once held the remains of a priest of the ram god Heryshaf known as Nedjemankh.

United States returns historical coffin stolen from Africa (Photo)

Source: bbc.com
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The museum purchased the coffin in the year 2017 for $4 million and was the centerpiece of the Nedjemankh and His Gilded Coffin exhibition that opened a year later.

However, it was seized by a unit in New York that was responsible for investigating the trafficking of antiquities.

Per a report by bbcnews.com, it was taken from the Minya region in Egypt to Dubai, Germany and then to France.

An unidentified art dealer in Paris then sold it to the museum.

In other news, a former president of the Ghana Dental Association (GDA), Dr. Gilbert Aboryo Ankrah, has been elected as president of the Commonwealth Dental Association (CDA).

The election was held during the biennial general meeting in San Francisco in the United States of America.

Information available shows he would assume office as the president from September 2021. Dr. Gilbert Aboryo Ankrah also served as a vice president of the Commonwealth Dental Association for the West African region from 2015 to 2017.

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