New York City is returning a stolen ancient coffin to Egypt after finding out it was looted from the country nearly a decade ago.
Back in 2017, the Metropolitan Museum of Art paid four-million-dollars to an art dealer in Paris – and built a prominent exhibit surrounding the coffin. Once word came that it may have been looted, the museum agreed to close the exhibit.
The Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs accepted the coffin which dates back to the 1st century BC. It will be returned to Cairo and displayed as an important artifact. “Today we are celebrating the return of one of our national treasures,” Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry.
“It is not the protection of our heritage, but the protection of mankind’s heritage,” said Shoukry.
Source: New York Post