Showing results 25 - 29 of 29 for the month of February, 2006.

February 5, 2006

Elgin Marbles Early Day Motion

Posted at 1:42 pm in Elgin Marbles

Andrew Dismore, a Labour MP & long time supporter of the campaign for the return of the Elgin Marbles has tabled an EDM highlighting the relevance of the Heidelberg fragment to the Parthenon Marbles. Detail of a previous Early Day Motion on the marbles by Eddie O’Hara MP can be seen here.

Parliamentary Information Management Web Site

EDM 1546


Dismore, Andrew

That this House notes that for the first time a foreign museum, the Antiquities Museum of the University of Heidelberg, has decided to return to Greece its piece of the north frieze of the Parthenon; Read the rest of this entry »

February 2, 2006

Is Dorothy King’s book on the Elgin Marbles worth reading?

Posted at 10:37 pm in Elgin Marbles

According to this review by the classicist Peter Jones, it would appear that the answer is an emphatic no. It is worth bearing in mind when reading this that the author of the review, to the best of my knowledge is in fact against restitution of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece.

The Literary Review

December / January issue
THE ELGIN MARBLES: the Story of Archaeology’s Greatest Controversy
By Dorothy King
Review by Peter Jones

(Hutchinson 288pp £16.99)

This is the worst book I have ever reviewed. It reads as if it has been cut and pasted from a web-site by a semi-literate school-girl (in my proof copy, King talks of Greeks cities ‘still under the [Persian] yolk’), struggling with her GCSE course-work. Doubtless a great deal of labour has gone into it, but to little purpose when the author’s ignorance on many topics is encyclopaedic, her ability to clarify and marshal arguments based on evidence that demands careful handling almost non-existent, and her English style execrable (her favourite conjunction is ‘and so’).
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Met to return Euphronios Krater to Italy

Posted at 10:11 pm in Similar cases

Ending thirty years of arguments, the Metropolitan Museum in New York has agreed to return a vase (known as the Euphronios Krater) to Italy. The deal that the Met is offering involves the exchange on long-term loan of other artefacts from Italy, as part of an offer put forward by the Italian government. This offer is not dissimilar to the offers that Greece has regularly made to the British Museum.

New York Times

Met Sending Vase to Italy, Ending 30-Year Dispute
Published: February 3, 2006

Reversing a position it has held for more than 30 years, the Metropolitan Museum of Art said yesterday that it would relinquish ownership of a 2,500-year-old Greek vase, considered one of the world’s finest, to Italy. The Italians have long contended that the vase was stolen from an Etruscan tomb near Rome and smuggled from the country.

In documents delivered yesterday in Rome by the Met’s lawyers after weeks of negotiations, the museum pledged to return the vase, known as the Euphronios krater; 15 pieces of Hellenistic silver; and four other vessels from the Classical era to Italy in exchange for long-term loans of other prized antiquities. Under the proposal, the Met would accept no liability for acquiring objects determined to have been looted, maintaining that it bought them in good faith.
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The looted antiques that fill our museums

Posted at 10:05 pm in Similar cases

The British Museum is far from the only large museum to contain substantial amounts of artefacts that are regarded as looted. This article looks at a number of disputes involving museums around the world.

The Guardian

Stealing beauty
Many of our great antiquities may once have been looted. Roger Atwood offers a guided tour of artworks with potentially dubious origins
Thursday February 2, 2006
The Guardian

1. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Few museums have faced more scrutiny over acquisitions than New York’s grand temple of art. The Turkish government sued over a stash of 360 artefacts looted from tombs in central Anatolia in 1966 which turned up in the Met. The Met settled out of court in 1993 and the artefacts were returned to Turkey, with the museum admitting no wrongdoing but acknowledging that it knew the pieces had been illegally excavated.
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Nandi artefact in British Museum

Posted at 10:00 pm in Similar cases

The British Museum has a walking stick, that has been identified as having belonged to the Kenyan hero Orkoiyot Koitalel arap Samoei who was murdered by a British soldier one hundred years ago.

The Nation (Nairobi)

Walking Stick of Legendary Nandi in UK Museum
The Nation (Nairobi)
February 2, 2006
Posted to the web February 1, 2006
Mike Mwaniki

A UK-based lobby yesterday identified items it had traced in a London Archive belonging to legendary Nandi leader Orkoiyot Koitalel arap Samoei.

They include a rungu (baton), walking stick and forked stick belonging to the Kenyan hero, who was murdered 100 years ago by a British colonial soldier.
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