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I must admit I thought right would prevail in the Ka Nefer Nefer case, despite the Museum's resistance, and I gave it quite a lot of coverage on this blog. Intellectual curiosity alone (strangely not shared by the museum that stands by its collecting history for it) would demand getting to the bottom of some of the issues that narrative raises. So I had a bash at that, and came up against more than a few discrepancies which have yet to be explained. The starting point of my exploration was the Feb 15, 2006 article "Out of Egypt: From a long-buried pyramid to the Saint Louis Art Museum: The mysterious voyage of the Ka-Nefer-Nefer mask" by Malcolm Gay in the Riverfront Times. This was an excellent piece of investigative writing such as is seldom found in coverage of antiquity collecting. The alarm however had initially been raised by Michel van Rijn and Ton Cremers. Not covered here are some posts detailing similarities between this case and the "Cleveland Apollo", nor the issues of repatriation and museum issues generally, in which the Ka Nefer Nefer mask is mentioned.
2008-10 (mostly related to Benjamin's appointment to the CPAC and collectors' reactions to that):
Sunday, 12 October 2008, 'The President's CPAT Appointment'2011:
Tuesday, 14 October 2008, 'Tompa and Welsh on St Louis Mask'
Wednesday, 15 October 2008, 'Ka Nefer Nefer mummy mask recap'
Monday, 8 December 2008, 'Salt on St Louis'
Monday, 19 January 2009, 'Hawass Biding Time?'.
Friday, 23 April 2010, 'New Move in St Louis Mask Case?'.
Wednesday, 16 February 2011, 'Slam the SLAM for their position on Egyptian Looting'.2012:
Thursday, 17 February 2011, 'The St Louis Affair: Two Local Responses'.
Saturay, 26 March 2011, 'A Question for St Louis'. Never answered.
Friday, 1 April 2011, 'A Warning From Beyond the Grave for Looters' (perhaps not wholly true).
Friday, 15 April 2011, 'The theft of the golden mask'.
Sunday, 17 April 2011, "My ancient lineages". Oh boy...
Tuesday, 3 May 2011, 'Hawass: Ka Nefer Nefer mummy Mask Returns Next Week'/ Tuesday, 10 May 2011, 'Hawass: Ka Nefer Nefer mummy Mask Returns Next Week'. Bluster/mistranslation.
Monday, 1 August 2011, 'The Kaloterna (sic) and Jelinek Antiquity Collections in Croatia'.
Monday, 1 August 2011, 'St Louis Art Museum Mummy Mask: "Like Cocaine"...'.
Tuesday, 2 August 2011, 'The Status of Egyptian Antiquities "Floating Around the USA"?'
Sunday, 20 November 2011, 'Rich US Collector Pair Patronise Loot-Retaining Missouri Museum'.
Friday, 30 March 2012, 'The Curse of Ka Nefer Nefer and "Collectors' Rights"...'.2013:
Monday, 2 April 2012, 'Forfeiture Claim on Ka Nefer Nefer Mask Dismissed' [District Court Judge Henry Autry]
Monday, 2 April 2012, 'Cremers on SLAM'.
Monday, 2 April 2012, "Repose for the Mummy"?
Saturday, 7 April 2012, 'SLAM: The Game is (Hopefully) on Again'
Saturday, 7 April 2012. 'St Louis Art Museum "Looking After" Ka Nefer Nefer?'.
Tuesday, 10 April 2012, 'What do they Know in St Louis?'.
Thursday, 12 April 2012, 'Scabby Hands at St Louis'.
Saturday, 7 April 2012, 'Focus on the Ka Nefer Nefer "Collection History" (1) ("Here Zakki, you can have this, old chap")'
Tuesday, 10 April 2012, 'Ka Nefer Nefer and the SLAM-Promoted Collecting History (II) The Mysterious Mr Mathez'. Some interesting new facts here.
Wednesday, 11 April 2012, 'Ka Nefer Nefer and the SLAM-Promoted Collecting history (III) The Kaloterna Collection'. One of the most mysterious of collectors - behind the Iron Curtain.
Thursday, 12 April 2012, 'SLAM's Collecting History of the Ka Nefer Nefer Mask (IV): The Little House on Quai de Cologny'. Another puzzling/improbable collector. SLAM swallowed it.
Friday, 13 April 2012, 'Ka Nefer Nefer Collecting History (V): Meanwhile...'.
Saturday, 14 April 2012, 'Mr Aboutaam Buys, and Sells, a Mummy Mask Collecting History (VI)'.
Thursday, 12 April 2012, 'Did They Know Where their Money was Going?'.
Wednesday, 9 May 2012, 'US Government Insists on Being Heard over SLAM Ka Nefer Nefer Mask'.
Tuesday, 15 May 2012, 'Ka Nefer Nefer: Right and Wrong in St Louis'
Tuesday, 15 May 2012, 'Ka Nefer Nefer: Swiss Investigations?'
Saturday, 19 May 2012,'Ka Nefer Nefer: The Gloves Could be About to Come Off'.
Wednesday, 30 May 2012, 'The SLAM and its Ethics'.
Thursday, 31 May 2012, 'What do You Think About St Louis Art Museum' Stance Over Ka Nefer Nefer Mask?'
Monday, 4 June 2012, 'US Government Case SLAMMED'.
Wednesday, 13 June 2012, 'Parties Knew of or Were Wilfully Blind to Problems in Ka Nefer Nefer Provenance'.
Wednesday, 24 October 2012, 'SLAM Belatedly Decides to do the Decent Thing?'. Naaaahhh... .
Wednesday, 13 February 2013, 'Upcoming Discussion of Ka Nefer Nefer Settlement Terms'.2014:
Wednesday, 17 April 2013, 'Ka Nefer Nefer "Negotiations" Fail'.
Monday, 3 June 2013, 'Unanswered Questions about Ka Nefer Nefer mask'.
Tuesday, 25 June 2013, 'SLAM Still Trying to Hang on to Ka Nefer Nefer'.
Tuesday, 6 August 201, 'Latest on US Ka Nefer Nefer Fiasco'.
Wednesday, 7 August 2013, 'SLAM and Article 7'.
Monday, 12 August 2013, 'SLAM and the Parallel Universe: Gullible, Plausible or Culpable?'
Monday, 13 January 2014, 'Oral Arguments Scheduled in Ka Nefer Nefer Mummy Mask Appeal'.
Thursday, 12 June 2014, 'Two takes on the Ka Nefer Nefer Forfeiture Finale'.
Thursday, 12 June 2014, 'US Museum Keeps Mask that They Insist Was in Two Places at Once'.
Friday, 13 June 2014, 'Once Again: "Brent Benjamin for CPAC"?
To be continued.... until they send it back.