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Egypt's 'Mona Lisa' May Be a Fake

An ancient Egyptian masterpiece is in fact a fake created in the 19th century, a researcher says.

Published On 04/01/2015
9:40 AM EDT
This painted piece of plaster, supposedly found in the tomb, raises suspicions that Vassalli faked the painting. It shows a basket and vulture, symbols that in Egyptian hieroglyphs represent a G and A respectively, possibly the initials of Vassalli's second wife. | F. Tiradritti
Luigi Vassalli, pictured here, is credited with finding and removing the painting from a tomb near the Meidum Pyramid in 1871. Research suggests Vassalli may have faked the painting. | F. Tiradritti