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United States v. Mask of Ka-Nefer-Nefer

United States v. Mask of Ka-Nefer-Nefer, No. 11-cv-504 (HEA) (E.D. Mo. March 31, 2012), aff'd, Civ. No. 12-2578 (8th Cir., Jun. 12, 2014).

See also The Art Museum Subdistrict of the Metropolitan Zoological Park and Museum District of the City of St. Louis v. U.S., No. 4:11-cv-291 (HEA) (E.D. Mo. filed Feb. 15, 2011).

At issue in this U.S. government action seeking the 

forfeiture of an ancient Egyptian mummy mask from the St. Louis Art Museum was whether the Complaint'sallegation that the mask must have been “stolen” because it had gone “missing” from storage in Egypt and later turned up in the United States was specific enough for the suit to proceed.  A Missouri federal court found that . . . .

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