Kingdom, 12th Dynasty, Amenemhat I (ca.
of Ptah at Karnak
Repatriated by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
4th, 2009, the SCA received a letter from the
Museum of Art, New York, notifying Dr. Hawass
that the museum wished to repatriate the corner
of a granite naos of Amenemhat I.
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.
research carried out by Dr. Dorothea Arnold
research by Dr. Adela Oppenheim
led to the conclusion that this fragment
joined to an offering table of Amenemhat
Ptah Temple at Karnak. Additional research
demonstrated that the naos had been missing
its corner for at least
the last 100 years.
of the museum. Dr. Oppenheim successfully
negotiated with the owner for the transfer
of the corner
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
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.
was transfered to Luxor in January of 2010,
where it was found to fit exactly into the
missing area on the naos.