The Golden Coffin of the Priest “Nedjemankh” Returns to Egypt from New York

  • Egypt succeeded in retrieval the Egyptian artifact "Golden Coffin of the Egyptian priest Nedjemankh", which was on display at the "Metropolitan Museum" in New York.
  • The Gold Coffin of Nedjemankh dates back somewhere between 150 and 50 B.C.
  • The coffin was actually buried in Egypt for more than two thousand years until it was looted in 2011.

In the framework of Egypt’s efforts to retrieval the smuggled Egyptian antiquities abroad, the Egyptian State and its institutions attach great importance to preserving their heritage and civilizational history, the role played by the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Antiquities in the field of restoring smuggled Egyptian antiquities, and in the framework of bilateral cooperation with the United States and the Memorandum of Understanding The foreign ministers of the two countries in November 2016 on the protection of Egyptian antiquities from smuggling, Egypt succeeded in retrieval the Egyptian artifact “Golden Coffin of the Egyptian priest Nedjemankh”, which was on display at the “Metropolitan Museum” in New York, where he participated Cary, the secretary of state at the ceremony to receive the coffin at the US Attorney’s Office in New York State, and signed the protocol on the restoration of the coffin with the US attorney in New York.

Minister of Egyptian Foreign in The Office of The Attorney General of New York
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, known commonly as the Egyptian Museum or Museum of Cairo, in Cairo, Egypt, is home to an extensive collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities

According to USA Today, the retrieval of the archaeological coffin came after the cooperation between the Egyptian and American authorities, which lasted for more than a year, especially through coordination between the Consulate General of the Arab Republic of Egypt in New York and the Office of the US Attorney General in New York, in cooperation with the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities and the Office of the Egyptian Attorney General. It is a cooperation that revealed the illegality of the exit of the artifact from Egypt, and then the reservation on the coffin from the American side until the handover to the Egyptian authorities.

In his speech, the Foreign Minister of Egypt affirmed that the cooperation and joint efforts exerted by the authorities of the two countries, which resulted in the restoration of the important artifact, reflects the extent of close cooperation and strong relations between Egypt and the United States, stressing Egypt’s keenness to protect its cultural heritage wherever it exists. The need to address resolutely the cases of smuggling of antiquities and cultural holdings, outlining Egypt’s efforts in this regard.

Golden Coffin of the Egyptian priest Nedjemankh in The sarcophagus
It has 120,000 items, with a representative amount on display, the remainder in storerooms. Built in 1901 by the Italian construction company Garozzo-Zaffarani, the edifice is one of the largest museums in the region.

Vance’s office said the Gold Coffin of Nedjemankh dates back somewhere between 150 and 50 B.C. The coffin was actually buried in Egypt for more than two thousand years until it was looted in 2011. It was transported through the United Arab Emirates to Germany, where it was restored, and to France, where the Met bought the piece from a Paris art dealer in July 2017 for about $4 million. The museum was given fraudulent documents, including a forged 1971 Egyptian export license, prosecutors said.

For her part, the Minister of Egyptian Tourism stressed that the return of a Golden Coffin of the Priest “Nedjemankh” will activate tourism in Egypt, especially after the opening of the new Egyptian Museum in 2020.  Egypt is considered one of the most important cultural and political countries in the Middle East, and the ancient Egyptian civilization is very famous for various time. Tourism in Egypt is one of the most important tributaries of the Egyptian economy, where it formed It accounts for about 12% of GDP and also contributes significantly to the balance of payments.

The priest of Nedjemankh
As of March 2019, the museum is open to the public. In 2020 the museum is due to be superseded by the new Grand Egyptian Museum at Giza.

Besides returning the golden coffin of Nedjemankh, there are more of mummies exist in the Egyptian museum the most famous of them are the mummies of King Ramses II, Thutmose III. “Trips in Egypt” travel agency is one of the three best companies in Egypt which provides best tours to enjoy what Egypt has to offer. Through there Nile cruise holidays, you can discover the best attractions & treasures of Pharaohs which lies between the beautiful land of Luxor and Aswan.

The sarcophagus of the mummy of Nedjemankh, a prominent priest of the symbolic god Heryshaf, dates back to the 1st century BC. The elaborately decorated surface contains scenes, texts and a thick branch designed to protect and guide Ankh’s journey from death to eternal life as a changing spirit.

The outer shroud of the sarcophagus was wrapped in gold, which, because of its permanent nature, was associated in ancient Egypt with the gods and the dead, according to ancient texts, the use of gold in the coffin would have helped the deceased to be reborn in the next life.

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Isabella Jacob

This is Isabella Jacob,  Lover of Adventure and my job is a tour operator at Fareportal. I travel around the world and discover something new. I'd love to share my experience when traveling to amazing destination especially if it's historical and ancient.

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