Egypt Wants Mummy Mask in St. Louis Returned

February 26, 2006 - Posted at 1:11 p.m. CST


_ An Egyptian official is calling for the return

of an ancient mummy mask at the St. Louis Art Museum.

Zahi Hawass is Egypt's top man in charge of antiquities.

He says a 32-hundred-year-old mummy mask bought by the museum

eight years ago should be given back. The museum believed it was

brought out of Egypt in 1952, but Hawass insists it was looted from

an archaeological site in the early 1990s.

It's the latest such dispute.

New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art has agreed to return the

so-called Euphronios krater, a Greek vessel it purchased in 1972.

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