Corner from a Naos of Amenemhat I
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Date: Middle Kingdom, 12th Dynasty, Amenemhat I (ca. 1981-1952)
Material: Red Granite
Provenance: Temple of Ptah at Karnak

Returned: Repatriated by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

On October 4th, 2009, the SCA received a letter from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, notifying Dr. Hawass that the museum wished to repatriate the corner of a granite naos of Amenemhat I.

This piece had been brought to the museum by a private individual, who asked that the Egyptian Department examine and authenticate it. The collector informed the museum that he had purchased the object in the 1970s.

Initial research carried out by Dr. Dorothea Arnold and subsequent research by Dr. Adela Oppenheim led to the conclusion that this fragment joined to an offering table of Amenemhat I found in the Ptah Temple at Karnak. Additional research demonstrated that the naos had been missing its corner for at least the last 100 years.

On behalf of the museum. Dr. Oppenheim successfully negotiated with the owner for the transfer of the corner to the Metropolitan Museum. This was done with the understanding that the piece would be returned to Egypt as soon as possible. The first step of this process, the legal transfer of the piece to the Museum, was completed during the last week of September 2009. Formal arrangements were immediately made for the return of the fragment to Egypt, and it was successfully delivered to the Egyptian Museum, Cairo, on October 30, 2009.

The fragment was transfered to Luxor in January of 2010, where it was found to fit exactly into the missing area on the naos.

The Mask of Ka-nefer-nefer, stolen from Egypt and currently in the possession of the St. Louis Museum of Art (St. Louis Museum of Art)

The returned block (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

The offering table of Amenemehat I to which it belongs.