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The Met to return 19 Egyptian artifacts

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is returning to Egypt 19 objects which were buried with King Tutankhamun.

A small bronze dog and a sphinx bracelet-element were attributed with certainty to Tutankhamun’s splendid burial chamber, which was discovered by Howard Carter in 1922 in the Valley of Kings, the museum and the Supreme Council of Antiques of Egypt said.

Two Met curators extensively researched the items, which became part of the museum’s collection from the 1920s to the 1940s.

“These objects were never meant to have left Egypt, and therefore should rightfully belong to the Government of Egypt,” Met Director Thomas P. Campbell said in a joint statement with the Egyptian council.

Prior to the discovery of Tut’s tomb, the Egyptian government customarily allowed excavators to keep a portion of their prize. That was not to be the case after Carter’s discovery.

Still, items were taken. The Met acquired some of the 19 items from Carter’s estate, officials said. The museum has been proactive in returning items to Egypt.

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