Anyone who attended the press preview of the Dallas Museum of Art’s King Tut exhibition is not likely to forget the speech delivered by Zahi Hawass, the head of Egypt’s antiquities authority — including his eyebrow-raising remarks regarding a Dallas woman’s help in stopping some illegal trade in antiquities (Dr. Hawass declined to give any names). Now Dr. Hawass has renewed his public threat to arrest Brent Benjamin, the St. Louis Art Museum’s director, because the museum purchased the mummy mask of the Lady Ka-nefer-nefer, which Dr. Hawass says was stolen.
Things may get a little sticky because Benjamin has just been appointed to the U.S. State Department’s Cultural Property Advisory Committee, which considers (and usually grants) source countries’ requests for heritage protection.
Culture Grrl has the story, including the AP report.
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