Foto van Kim Kardashian by Met Gala het gehelp om saak van gesteelde kis op te los

Hoe HIERDIE Met Gala-foto van Kim Kardashian gehelp het om die saak van 'n geplunderde $4MILJOEN-skat op te los: Podcast onthul hoe virale snap van die ster gelei het tot die terugkeer van die 1ste eeu vC kis van Nedjemankh na Egipte

  • Antieke kis wat vir byna $4 miljoen gekoop is, is in die middel van 'n Met-vertoning getrek
  • New York se aanklaers het gesê dit is gesteel en verkoop met vals dokumentasie
  • Podcast het nou onthul hoe 'n foto van Kim Kardashian staan ​​langs die goue kis van Nedjemankh by die Met Gala in 2018 gehelp om die saak op te los
  • Poseer langs 'n antieke Egiptiese kis wat blykbaar haar moordende kurwes weerspieël, goue uitrusting en dik maskara, Kim Kardashian moes gedink het haar fotogeleentheid by die 2018 Gala ontmoet sal wonderlike inhoud vir Instagram maak.

    Maar die virale snap van die werklikheidster het onverwags gehelp om 'n langlopende kriminele saak met die goue kis op te los, vervalste dokumente en 'n internasionale oudheid-plundering-en-handel-ring.

    In sy onlangse podcast Art Bust: Skandalige verhale van die kunswêreld, Britse joernalis Ben Lewis delf in die deurslaggewende rol wat hierdie oënskynlik onskuldige foto gespeel het om diewe vas te pen wat die goue kis van Nedjemankh gesteel het, vanaf die 1ste eeu vC, en verkoop dit aan die gesogte Metropolitan Museum of Art vir $4 miljoen met behulp van vals dokumentasie.

    Dit is tydens die grond uit die grond gegrawe 2011 Egiptiese rewolusie en, na 'n reeks kinkels en draaie, het in die Met in beland 2018, voor die Met Gala op die eerste Maandag van Mei.

    Dieselfde maand, Manhattan se assistent-distriksaanklaer, Matthew Bogdanos, is die virale foto van Kim per e-pos gestuur deur 'n informant in die Midde-Ooste wat dit van 'n lid van 'n bende plunderaars ontvang het. – vererg dat hy nie betaal is vir die grawe van die kis uit die grond tydens die Egiptiese rewolusie in 2011.

    Vir Bogdanos, hoof van die Manhattan DA se oudhedehandeleenheid, Kim se virale foto was die sleutel tot die ontsluiting van 'n langlopende saak wat hy begin ondersoek het in 2013 internasionale oudhedehandelaars teiken.

    Die keurig versierde kis, deur byna 'n halfmiljoen besoekers bekyk toe dit in Julie die middelpunt van 'n groot uitstalling gemaak is 2018, is terugbesorg 2019 na Egipte, waar dit by die Grand Egiptiese Museum in Kaïro vertoon is.

    In Mei 2018, Matthew Bogdanos, assistent-distriksaanklaer van Manhattan, het die virale foto van Kim deur 'n informant in die Midde-Ooste per e-pos gestuur, onthul dat dit geplunder is

    In Mei 2018, Matthew Bogdanos, assistent-distriksaanklaer van Manhattan, het die virale foto van Kim deur 'n informant in die Midde-Ooste per e-pos gestuur, onthul dat dit geplunder is

    Hierdie antieke Egiptiese kis wat vir byna $4 miljoen gekoop is, is in die middel van 'n pragtige Metropolitan Museum of Art-uitstalling wat daarna vernoem is, getrek

    Hierdie antieke Egiptiese kis wat vir byna $4 miljoen gekoop is, is in die middel van 'n pragtige Metropolitan Museum of Art-uitstalling wat daarna vernoem is, getrek

    Die informerende plunderaar het die beeld van Kim en die kis gesien omdat dit viraal geword het en hy die goue artefak herken het.

    'Daar is geen eer onder diewe nie,’ het Bogdanos gesê, nadat hy verduidelik het die plunderaar moes nog betaal word vir die opgrawe van die artefak, Volgens Die tye.

    Vir 'n halwe dekade, Bogdanos het 'n wêreldwye elektroniese toesigoperasie uitgevoer deur tekste in te samel, e-posse en ander inhoud wat in die wolk gestoor word.

    Danksy dit, hy het honderde lêers gehad wat pas opgegrawe oudhede vasgelê het, wat plunderaars opgegrawe en foto's van aan handelaars gestuur het in die hoop op 'n uitverkoping.

    In Mei 2018, Matthew Bogdanos, assistent-distriksaanklaer van Manhattan, het die virale foto van Kim per e-pos ontvang (afgebeeld by die Met Gala in 2018) deur 'n informant in die Midde-Ooste aan wie dit deur 'n lid van 'n bende plunderaars deurgegee is - die informerende plunderaar is nie betaal vir die grawe van die kis uit die grond tydens die Egiptiese rewolusie in nie 2011

    In Mei 2018, Matthew Bogdanos, assistent-distriksaanklaer van Manhattan, het die virale foto van Kim per e-pos ontvang (afgebeeld by die Met Gala in 2018) deur 'n informant in die Midde-Ooste aan wie dit deur 'n lid van 'n bende plunderaars deurgegee is – die informerende plunderaar is nie betaal vir die grawe van die kis uit die grond tydens die Egiptiese rewolusie in nie 2011

    Ongelukkig, Bogdanos, wat slegs op items kon optree wanneer dit binne sy jurisdiksie in New York was, kon nie enige van die lae-resolusie-prente pas by die nuwe aanwinste waarvan hy bewus was nie.

    Die informant se wenk nadat hy Kim se foto gesien het, was nie alleen genoeg nie, Bogdanos het dus versoek dat die informant die plunderaar vra of hy toegang het tot enige digitale beelde van die kis.

    Die plunderaar het foto's gestuur van die artefak wat gevang is net nadat dit opgegrawe is en Bogdanos kon dit pas by identiese foto's in e-posse wat deur sy toesigoperasie ingesamel is.

    Bogdanos, wat toe 'n groot jurie-ondersoek geopen het, kon nou die reis wat die artefak onderneem het saamstel en ontdek dat die kis in die Minya-streek geplunder is. 2011 tydens die Egiptiese rewolusie.

    Die keurig versierde kis (op die foto), deur byna 'n halfmiljoen besoekers bekyk toe dit in Julie die middelpunt van 'n groot uitstalling gemaak is 2018, is terugbesorg 2019 na Egipte, waar dit by die Grand Egiptiese Museum in Kaïro vertoon is

    Die keurig versierde kis (op die foto), deur byna 'n halfmiljoen besoekers bekyk toe dit in Julie die middelpunt van 'n groot uitstalling gemaak is 2018, is terugbesorg 2019 na Egipte, waar dit by die Grand Egiptiese Museum in Kaïro vertoon is

    Wanneer die artefak opgegrawe word, die plunderaars het die gemummifiseerde oorskot van Nedjemankh gestort – wat 'n hoëpriester in antieke Egipte was – in die Nylrivier – maar het verkeerdelik 'n vingerbeen binne-in die kis gelos wat nog vas was toe dit by die Met verskyn het.

    Bogdanos het beweer dat bewyse getoon het dat Dib geld aan die plaaslike smokkelaars en handelaars oorgedra het in ruil vir die 'vervoer van die oudhede na Duitsland'.

    Geopenbaar: Die ou items waarmee die Met geskei het omdat dit moontlik gesteel is

    Die antieke Egiptiese kis wat vir byna $4 miljoen deur die Metropolitan Museum of Art gekoop is voordat dit na Egipte terugbesorg is, was net die jongste van verskeie voorvalle wat vrae laat ontstaan ​​het oor die deeglikheid van die Met se ondersoekprosedures by die verkryging van oudhede, Volgens Die New York Times.

    The return of the coffin wasn’t the first time the Met had to part with ancient artefacts that may have been stolen.

    Around ten years ago, the museum restored ownership of a 2,500-year-old vase known as the Euphronios krater to the Italian government, which believed it had been looted in 1971 from a tomb.

    Dan in 2017, the district attorney’s office seized from the museum a 4th-century BC terracotta vase, by Greek artist Python, which had been on display in the Met’s Greco-Roman galleries for more than two decades.

    The 2,300-year-old piecewhich depicts Dionysus, the god of grape-harvest, riding in a cart pulled by a satyr, was said to be looted by tomb raiders in Italy in the 1970s.

    In 2018, the museum announced that it was returning two sculptures to India: an eighth-century stone sculpture of a Hindu goddess, Durga Mahishasuramardini, and a limestone sculpture from the third century, Head of a Male Deity.

    The Durga was donated in 2015, while the Head of a Male Deity was donated to the Met in 1986. It had discovered the latter was part of the excavated inventory of the Nagarjunakonda Site Museum.

    In statements following the return of the Egyptian coffin, museum officials said it would ‘review and revise’ its acquisitions process.

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    In 2013, the coffin was given to Hassan Fazeli, a dealer in Sharjah, who exchanged emails about it with European details, labelling it ‘the yellow’, according to Bogdanos.

    Fazeli completed an export form wrongly labelling it as a Greco-Roman artefact to cover up the coffin’s origins and legality and dispatched it to Europe.

    It later came into the hands of Roben Dib, who managed the Dionysos Gallery in Hamburg, which is owned by Serop Simonian. It is unclear what he knew of the coffin’s origins, said The Times.

    Dib set up the restoration of the artefact and, according to Bogdanos, faked an Egyptian export licence that illustrated it had been legally exported in 1971.

    The coffin was then dispatched to the French antiquities scholar and dealer Christophe Kunicki and his partner Richard Semper. It is unclear what they knew about the coffin’s original origins, said the publication.

    They offered it to the Met, with the museum agreeing to pay $4million. Egter, Bogdanos said in his letter that the curators at the Met should have been more rigorous in investigating the origins of the coffin.

    In Junie 2020 French officials arrested Kunicki and Semper. They were charged with fraud, money laundering and forgery, but the case has not yet gone to trial.

    Vincent Noce, an investigator from The Art Newspaper, spoke to Kunicki and Semper last year, who both insisted on their innocence.

    In Augustus 2020, German police arrested Dib ‘on suspicion of art trafficking’, according to Noce. Dib told of his ‘complete innocence’ to The Art Newspaper in the same month It’s unclear whether he was charged or convicted. Serop Simonian has not been implicated, said The Times.

    Announcing the return of the ancient gilded coffin to Egypt in February 2019, Met CEO Daniel Weiss apologised to the nation’s people and specifically to Antiquities Minister Khaled El-Enany.

    ‘After we learned that the Museum was a victim of fraud and unwittingly participated in the illegal trade of antiquities, we worked with the DA’s office for its return to Egypt,’ Weiss said.

    The museum said it would ‘consider all available remedies to recoup the purchase price of the coffinand would commit itself ‘to identifying how justice can be served, and how we can help to deter future offences against cultural property.

    Na die voorval, the Met vowed to ‘review and revise its acquisitions process.

    Upon learning they were duped and had unknowingly participated in the illegal trafficking of antiquities, museum officials returned the coffin and cancelled the few months that remained of a Nedjemankh exhibit in February 2019.

    MailOnline has contacted the Met for comment.

    The almost 6-foot long coffin is sheathed in gold, which the ancient Egyptians associated with the gods. It is inscribed with the name of Nedjemankh, a high-ranking priest of the ram-headed god Heryshef of Herakleopolis.

    According to ancient texts, the use of gold in the coffin would have helped the deceased inside to be reborn in the next life.

    The coffin’s elaborate exterior has scenes and texts that were intended to give Nedjemankh protection and guide him on his journey from death to ‘eternal life as a transfigured spirit.

    Some unique features include thin sheets of silver foil on the interior of the lid, intended to add more protection, bu this time to Nedjemankh’s face.

    Ancient Egyptians considered precious metals to represent the flesh and bones of the gods, or the sun and the moon, reports ARTFIX Daily.

    More specifically, they were the eyes of the cosmic deity Heryshef, whom Nedjemankh served.

    There’s an inscription on the lid that reads: ‘Oh gold! Oh gold! Oh flesh of the god! Oh flesh of the god! Oh fine gold! Oh fine gold!’

    Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. gave a special nod to his office’s Antiquities Trafficking Unit during the return of the coffin.

    In 2019, it was revealed the unit had recovered ‘several thousand stolen antiquities collectively valued at more than $150million, many of which have been returned to their rightful owners and repatriated to their countries of origin,’ Vance’s office said in a released statement.

    The returned artifacts include three marble Lebanese statues; a Roman mosaic excavated from the Ships of Nemi; an Etruscan relic stolen from the site of a historic necropolis known as the ‘City of the Dead’; a marble sarcophagus fragment; a Buddhist sculpture stolen from an archaeological dig site; a pair of 12th century Indian statues; a collection of 8th Century B.C.E. bronze statues; and a set of ancient Greek coins, onder andere.