Egypt’s ownership claim of Ka-Nefer-Nefer slammed, or may be not…

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Ka-Nefer-Nefer

The St. Louis Museum of Art (SLAM) filed a complaint in federal district court on February 15, 2011 asking for a declaratory judgment to prevent federal authorities from seizing a 19th Dynasty Egyptian mask popularly known as Ka-Nefer-Nefer. The mask, excavated at Saqqara in 1952 by Mohammed Zakaria Goneim, was sold to SLAM in 1998 by Phoenix Ancient Art in Geneva. … Read More

U.S. Department of Homeland Security to look into “Ka-Nefer-Nefer” mask case

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The AP article “St. Louis museum proud of its ancient mask purchase, but Egypt calls it a steal” reports that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is now looking into the case of the “Ka-Nefer-Nefer” mask, which many people believe to have been stolen from Egypt. The article recounts the meticulously documented discovery of the mask by Mohammed Zakaria Ghoneim, … Read More

EGYPT

Egypt has long been viewed as an exotic land of plenty, with its glittering tombs and mysterious hieroglyphs. For centuries, Egyptian archeological sites have been looted to feed the black market trade in antiquities. With so many priceless artifacts wrenched from their home in Egypt, it feels as though we are fighting an impossible battle. This situation is particularly acute ... Read More

The vote is in: We want international cooperation for cultural heritage protection

Heather LeeReport, Review, Update, What do you think?1 Comment

  On May 29, SAFE opened up an informal poll to gauge public opinion on the issue of international cooperation on cultural heritage protection. This was inspired by Egypt’s request for a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to restrict imports of Egyptian archaeological and ethnological material into the United States. The goal was to raise public awareness, a core mission of SAFE. … Read More

Ton Cremers and the Museum Security Network: A SAFE tribute

SAFECORNER10 years after, Announcement, Commentary, SAFECORNER1 Comment

Long before social media the tools: news feeds, Facebook, blogs, twitter, etc. there was Museum Security Network (MSN) the effort: the thinking, the initiative, and most of all, the pioneer spirit of its founder Ton Cremers. Nearly two decades ago, MSN started using the still nascent Internet technology to its best potential, gathering the latest and most reliable news and … Read More

Looking ahead: 2012 and beyond

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With 2012 now upon us, SAFE looks forward to the coming year with anticipation, and offers a few predictions. As discussion and publicity surrounding the repatriation of antiquities continues and public awareness and media focus on the actions of source countries (Italy, Greece, Peru, Turkey, Egypt, Bulgaria, etc.) increase, the return of cultural patrimony will accelerate during 2012 and the … Read More

The curious case of St Louis Art Museum vs the United States

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Ka-Nefer-Nefer

In a highly unusual legal maneuver by a U.S. museum seeking to retain recent acquisition, the St. Louis Museum of Art (SLAM) filed a complaint in federal district court on February 15, 2011 asking for a declaratory judgment to prevent federal authorities from seizing a 19th Dynasty Egyptian mask popularly known as Ka-Nefer-Nefer. Attorney Ricardo St. Hilaire has posted a … Read More