Sunday, 14 November 2021

Coffin of Nedjemankh

In 2018, Kim Kardashian unexpectedly helped solve a long-running criminal case featuring a golden coffin, forged documents and an international antiquity trafficking ring. Thieves had stolen the golden coffin of Nedjemankh, from the 1st century BC, and sold it to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for $4m using fake documentation. An informing looter had seen the image of Kardashian and the coffin because it had gone viral and recognized the artefact. He had not been paid. The elaborately decorated coffin was returned in 2019 to Egypt, where it was displayed at the Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

The coffin of Nedjemankh is a gilded ancient Egyptian coffin from the late Ptolemaic Period. It once encased the mummy of Nedjemankh, a high priest of the ram-god Heryshaf. It is made of a combination of cartonnage (linen, glue, and gesso), paint, gold, silver, resin, glass, wood, and leaded bronze.