And the Met’s president and CEO, Daniel Weiss, apologized to the Egyptian minister of antiquities, Khaled El-Enany, saying that his institution would help figure out “how we can help to deter future offenses against cultural property.”
In recent years, the Manhattan district attorney's office, led by Cyrus Vance, has been cracking down on looted antiquities in museums and for sale at fairs and auction houses. In October 2017, prosecutors seized a Persian bas-relief from a booth at the New York edition of TEFAF
, and the New York Supreme Court ruled in July 2018
that it had been looted, and ordered it to be sent back to Iran.
In a statement, Vance said: “Stewards of the world’s most important artifacts have a duty to hold their acquisitions to the highest level of scrutiny.”