I am grateful to a reader of LM for sending me the archived link to van Rijn's post. Although it is not dated (there is an update on 18 December 2005), the correspondence confirms a date in December 2005.
Leaving aside style and presentation, what did van Rijn suggest and reveal?
- the mask had been removed from the store at Saqqara
- the name of the person responsible
- the removal took place in the 1990s
- the mask had been published by Goneim
In December 2005 this information had not been made public although it appears that SLAM curators had been advised of the Saqqara link and the Goneim publication some years before.
So how did van Rijn know this?
SLAM officials need to release documents that will outline what they knew and when.
And what did they do to investigate these claims?