Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance has restituted a 2,600-year-old stele to Egypt, after the antiquity was seized by US authorities last year when it arrived at JFK from Paris, on its way to the TEFAF fair in New York.
“Many people believe the looting and theft of antiquities are injustices that only occurred in the past, but these crimes of culture are still being committed all over the world every day,” said District Attorney Vance.
“Coming as we do from all over the world, New Yorkers place a strong value on cultural heritage, and our office takes pride in our work to vigorously protect it.”
D.A. Vance announced the return of the Gold Coffin of Nedjemankh to the people of Egypt during a repatriation ceremony attended by Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Hassan Shoukry and U.S. Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent-in-Charge Peter C. Fitzhugh.