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a granite stele from the museum may have been stolen

The former director of the Louvre, Jean-Luc Martinez was heard by the investigators. They wonder about the provenance of a granite stele exhibited at the museum.

A pink granite stele, stamped with the initials of Tutankhamun, is on display at the Louvre Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirate). French judges wonder if it was stolen. The former director of the Louvre, Jean-Luc Martinez, has been indicted for money laundering and complicity in organized fraud. For investigators, the work could have been looted during the Arab revolutions before being sold to the Louvre.

In 2019, an Egyptologist studying the stele sounded the alarm. “Louvre Abu Dhabi had given me two names for the origin of the piece. In 2019, I said, it’s annoying, because if we take these names, they are related to objects that have a somewhat dubious history“, explains Marc Gabolde, Egyptologist. These two names appeared in the case of a sarcophagus which had been stolen. Jean-Luc Martinez would have been negligent, which he disputes.


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