Chapter 31: A Gift to the Louvre - "Je Vous Remercie . . . Pour Cet Enrichissement des Collections Nationales"

From 1978 to 1985, the Mansoor brothers did not contact any museum in the United States or Europe except the Louvre and the Vatican's Egyptian Museum.

Some time in 1980, the Mansoors offered the Louvre a statuette in pink limestone of an Amarna princess as a donation to honor the memory of the late Dr. Drioton. After studying and examining the piece for over a year, Dr. Christiane Desroches Noblecourt accepted it for the Louvre. Dr. Noblecourt sent a letter written on the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication - Musée du Louvre's letterhead, dated August 17, 1981, to the representative of the Mansoors in Paris, saying:

Ch. Desroches Noblecourt (signed),
Inspecteur General des Musées
Chef du Département des Antiquités Egyptiennes
du Musée du Louvre.

Only an honest scholar with a noble soul would have the courage to mention what Dr. Desroches Noblecourt wrote in her letter, ". . . to confront the verdict of some and the bad faith of others . . . "

His Excellency Dr. Sarwat Okasha, in his preface to Dr. Christiane Desroches Noblecourt's outstanding book "Tutankhamen" (New York Graphic Society, 1963), wrote:

Dr. Okasha's statement clearly indicates that Madame Desroches Noblecourt is one of the foremost Egyptologists of our time, particularly "in the world of art and archaeology." And he gave her "what assistance" he could, "as a tribute to her abilities and to her determination to continue the work of Mariette Pasha," who was according to "Who Was Who in Egyptology" 1972, p. 194, a "French Egyptologist and founder of the Egyptian Antiquities Service," probably one of the most titanic figures in the whole history of Egyptology.

It should be noted that Dr. Noblecourt had seen years before - and on various occasions - some of the Mansoor Amarna sculptures, but never made her opinion known at the time as to whether they were genuine or not as she was an official of the French government and was not permitted to give an official evaluation.

Monsignor Nolli, former Director of Oriental Antiquities of the Vatican Museum and Professor of Ancient Egyptian Religion, University of the Lateran in Rome, referring to the Mansoors' donation to the Louvre and to Madame Noblecourt, wrote in "In Defense . . ." (cf. Point 10, p. 28) the following:

After the statuette had been examined and accepted for the Louvre by Dr. Desroches Noblecourt, the Mansoors received a letter dated November 18, 1981, from Mr. Hubert Landais, Director of the Museums of France.

The original French letter is reproduced in "In Defence . . .," (Colonna and Nolli, June 1986, p. 35). The English translation:

Thus, this exquisite figurine of a princess had become the fifth (two in the Denver Museum and two in the Vatican Museum) Amarna sculpture frlllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll