U-S Govt to St. Louis Art Museum: Cough up the Mummy Mask
ST. LOUIS–(KMOX)–The federal government tells the St. Louis Art Museum to give its mummy mask back to Egypt.
The U-S Attorney in St. Louis filed a complaint today seeking the forfeiture of the death mask of Ka-Nefer-Nefer. The complaint alleges the mask was stolen at the time it was imported to the U-S., and that the lack of a record showing the lawful transfer out of Egypt constitutes circumstantial evidence for its theft.
An attorney for the Art Museum was unavailable for comment.
Last month, attorney David Linenbroker filed a suit seeking a preliminary injunction to prevent the U.S. government from seizing the 32 hundred year old mask, which remains on display — at least for now — in the basement of the Art Museum.