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India – Your Majesty: Thou shalt not steal

medium.com/@Anuraag_Saxena/your-majesty-thou-shalt-not-steal-fec406ef847e April 21, 2018 I wonder if the Archbishop has had the “Thou shall not steal” conversation with Her Majesty. In fact, I wonder if his predecessors had one with those that adorned the throne before her. I’m guessing, at some point in the last 500 years, someone might have questioned the gory conquests and…

Manhattan DA Says Seized Antiquity Should Be Returned to Lebanon | artnet News

news.artnet.com/art-world/manhattan-district-attorney-says-antiquity-seized-from-met-should-be-returned-to-lebanon-1096220 26/09/2017 Two months after authorities seized an ancient head of a bull that was on loan to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, a senior official in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office says, in no uncertain terms, that the marble sculpture should be returned to Lebanon. The claim is the latest chapter in an…

Why is Lord Elgin an abomination to the Greeks? | Effrosyni's Blog

Why is Lord Elgin an abomination to the Greeks? effrosinimoss.wordpress.com/2015/02/26/why-is-lord-elgin-an-abomination-to-the-greeks/ by Effrosyni Moschoudi To the Greeks, the name Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin, is an abomination, the likes perhaps, of only Lucifer himself. Lord Elgin, as he is more famously known, is notorious in my country for his enormous blundering appetite that was coupled…

Why is Lord Elgin an abomination to the Greeks? | Effrosyni’s Blog

Why is Lord Elgin an abomination to the Greeks? effrosinimoss.wordpress.com/2015/02/26/why-is-lord-elgin-an-abomination-to-the-greeks/ by Effrosyni Moschoudi To the Greeks, the name Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin, is an abomination, the likes perhaps, of only Lucifer himself. Lord Elgin, as he is more famously known, is notorious in my country for his enormous blundering appetite that was coupled…

Reception to welcome back stolen artefacts – Cyprus Mail

A reception to officially receive the return of stolen artefacts was held on Tuesday at the Byzantine museum of the Archbishop Makarios III foundation in Nicosia. The event was attended by Archbishop Chrysostomos, Communications Minister Marios Demetriades and the Swiss ambassador, among others. The 32 objects had been stolen from churches in the north and…

For the St. Louis Art Museum, a Legal Victory Raises Ethical Questions – The Atlantic

For the St. Louis Art Museum, a Legal Victory Raises Ethical Questions theatlantic.com/national/archive/2012/05/for-the-st-louis-art-museum-a-legal-victory-raises-ethical-questions/257839/ More Print Should American institutions hold onto dubiously acquired artifacts, even when their countries of origin ask for them back? St. Louis Art Museum In certain respects, the tale of the Ka-Nefer-Nefer follows a familiar script: like many disputed antiquities, the Egyptian…

Ancient Egyptian mask likely to stay at St. Louis Art Museum after feds give up legal fight : News

Ancient Egyptian mask likely to stay at St. Louis Art Museum after feds give up legal fight stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/feds-giving-up-fight-for-st-louis-art-museum-s/article_1cb582f1-dda2-5444-8814-7d7e0ba6511a.html By Robert Patrick rpatrick@post-dispatch.com > 314-621-5154 ST. LOUIS • The Department of Justice is giving up its fight to reclaim for Egypt a 3,200-year-old mummy mask that disappeared from that country decades ago and later found its way…

Cultural Heritage Lawyer Rick St. Hilaire: Ka Nefer Nefer mask – SLAM Mummy Mask Appeal: "You now have to beg for a do-over"

SLAM Mummy Mask Appeal: “You now have to beg for a do-over” culturalheritagelawyer.blogspot.nl/2014/01/slam-mummy-mask-appeal-you-now-have-to.html “All we want here is an opportunity to get in the gate,” argued U.S. Department of Justice Attorney Sharon Swingle before the Eight Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday. But Patrick McInerney, attorney for the St. Louis Art Museum (SLAM), told the court…

Cultural Heritage Lawyer Rick St. Hilaire: Ka Nefer Nefer mask – SLAM Mummy Mask Appeal: "You now have to beg for a do-over"

SLAM Mummy Mask Appeal: “You now have to beg for a do-over” culturalheritagelawyer.blogspot.nl/2014/01/slam-mummy-mask-appeal-you-now-have-to.html “All we want here is an opportunity to get in the gate,” argued U.S. Department of Justice Attorney Sharon Swingle before the Eight Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday. But Patrick McInerney, attorney for the St. Louis Art Museum (SLAM), told the court…

Search results for mask of ka nefer nefer | The Art Law Report

Search Results for: mask of ka nefer nefer artlawreport.com/ The Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit has set oral argument for January 13, 2014 on the appeal from the dismissal of the government’s civil forteiture case against the Mask of Ka Nefer-Nefer in the St. Louis Art Museum. After a report from the United…

Ben Zuidema Henk Schutten: "Geroofde werken uit de Kunsthal niet verbrand"

Ben Zuidema (Henk Schutten): ‘Geroofde werken uit de Kunsthal niet verbrand’ museumbeveiliging.com/2013/09/03/ben-zuidema-henk-schutten-geroofde-werken-uit-de-kunsthal-niet-verbrand/ 03/09/2013 – 08:09‘Geroofde werken uit de Kunsthal niet verbrand’ De schilderijen die vorig jaar uit de Kunsthal werden gestolen, zijn niet verbrand. Een Nederlandse zakenman in Roemenië zegt daarvoor het bewijs te kunnen leveren. Begin deze maand nam hij contact op met de…

Ben Zuidema Henk Schutten: "Geroofde werken uit de Kunsthal niet verbrand"

Ben Zuidema (Henk Schutten): ‘Geroofde werken uit de Kunsthal niet verbrand’ museumbeveiliging.com/2013/09/03/ben-zuidema-henk-schutten-geroofde-werken-uit-de-kunsthal-niet-verbrand/ 03/09/2013 – 08:09‘Geroofde werken uit de Kunsthal niet verbrand’ De schilderijen die vorig jaar uit de Kunsthal werden gestolen, zijn niet verbrand. Een Nederlandse zakenman in Roemenië zegt daarvoor het bewijs te kunnen leveren. Begin deze maand nam hij contact op met de…

Mask of Ka Nefer Nefer settlement talks fail, appeal back on the docket – Lexology

Mask of Ka Nefer Nefer settlement talks fail, appeal back on the docket http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=4fec8f75-6fd2-4911-807f-b115b7013d18 April 29, 2013 Nicholas M. O’Donnell Register Now As you are not an existing subscriber please register for your free daily legal newsfeed service. RegisterIf you have any questions about the service please contact customerservices@lexology.com or call Lexology Customer Services on +44 20 7234 0606. Sullivan…

Cultural Heritage Lawyer Rick St. Hilaire: Failed Negotiations Put Ka Nefer Nefer Forfeiture Case Back on the Docket

Failed Negotiations Put Ka Nefer Nefer Forfeiture Case Back on the Docket http://culturalheritagelawyer.blogspot.com/2013/04/failed-negotiations-put-ka-nefer-nefer.html April 18, 2013 The U.S. Attorney in St. Louis today told the Eight Circuit Court of Appeals that negotiations have failed in the case of United States v. Mask of Ka Nefer Nefer. Federal authorities are attempting to seize and forfeit the mummy mask…

Cultural Heritage Lawyer Rick St. Hilaire: Ka Nefer Nefer Settlement Terms to be Discussed

Ka Nefer Nefer Settlement Terms to be Discussed http://culturalheritagelawyer.blogspot.nl/2013/02/ka-nefer-nefer-settlement-terms-to-be.html February 13, 2013 View my complete profile The United States Attorney’s Office has informed the Eight Circuit Court of Appeals that a settlement may be possible between the federal government, Egypt, and the St. Louis Art Museum (SLAM) in the Ka Nefer Nefer forfeiture case.The federal district…

Le masque de Ka Nefer Nefer revient hanter un antiquaire | superlocal.ch

Le masque de Ka Nefer Nefer revient hanter un antiquaire superlocal.ch/blog/le-masque-de-ka-nefer-nefer-revient-hanter-un-antiquaire/ Un musée du Missouri avait acheté un précieux masque funéraire auprès d’une galerie chic de Genève. Les Etats-Unis affirment que l’objet a été volé puis recyclé via les Ports Francs, il y a quinze ans, mais les preuves manquent Ce matin du 31 mai…

Illicit Cultural Property: Will US Attorneys Appeal after latest Ka Nefer Nefer setback?

Will US Attorneys Appeal after latest Ka Nefer Nefer setback? http://illicit-cultural-property.blogspot.nl/2012/06/will-us-attorneys-appeal-after-latest.html June 5, 2012 A judge has dismissed the federal government’s request to reconsider an earlier ruling dismissing the government’s forfeiture request for the Ka Nefer Nefer mask currently on display at the St. Louis Art Museum. Rick St. Hilaire notes the U.S. Attorney must now…

Brent Benjamin is a fence (let him prove this statement is inadequate)… Weird legal system: proof of ownership is not enough; victims need to prove their property was stolen. Judge Henry Edward Autrey gone crazy – from now on thieves and fences can say: give proof this was stolen. Provenance information about the Ka Nefer Nefer mask was manufactured by the infamous Aboutaam brothers

Brent Benjamin is a fence (let him proof this statement is inadequate)… Weird legal system: proof of ownership is not enough; victims need to prove their property was stolen. Judge Henry Edward Autrey gone crazy – from now on thieves and fences can say: give proof this was stolen. Provenance information about the Ka Nefer…

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues: St Louis Art Museum

St Louis Art Museum “Looking After” Ka Nefer Nefer? http://paul-barford.blogspot.com/2012/04/st-louis-art-museum-looking-after-ka.html April 8, 2012 . Just how well-looked after is the Ka Nefer Nefer mummy mask in St Louis Art Museum? I was struck by an old photo of the object, which gave the face a very apprehensive look. I then tried to find out where it…

Cultural Heritage Lawyer Rick St. Hilaire: United States Files Motion in SLAM Mummy Mask Case

United States Files Motion in SLAM Mummy Mask Case http://culturalheritagelawyer.blogspot.com/2012/04/united-states-files-motion-in-slam.html April 7, 2012 The U.S. Attorney’s Office in St. Louis filed a motion today in response to a federal district court’s ruling earlier this week dismissing the government’s forfeiture complaint against the Ka Nefer Nefer mummy mask located at the St. Louis Art Museum (SLAM).  The…

Looting Matters: St Louis Art Museum Mask: implications for Swiss dealer

implications for Swiss dealer http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/2012/04/st-louis-art-museum-mask-implications.html April 6, 2012 I have noted earlier this week that the collecting history (“provenance”) for the Egyptian mummy mask acquired by the St Louis Art Museum was seemingly flawed. It cannot have been given to the excavator (who died in 1959). It cannot have been in Brussels in 1952. It cannot have been in…

Fwd: Ka Nefer Nefer mask – federal attorneys failed to specifically articulate how the mask was stolen and smuggled (so it is not important THAT it was stolen, but this judge wants to know exactly HOW it was stolen. Has the system, this judge, gone out of it's / his mind?

District Court Dismisses Government’s Case to Forfeit SLAM Mummy Mask http://culturalheritagelawyer.blogspot.com/2012/04/district-court-dismisses-governments.html April 3, 2012 The U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, today published an order dismissing the government’s’ forfeiture complaint against the Ka Nefer Nefer mummy mask.  The Egyptian artifact is located at the St. Louis Art Museum (SLAM). The government filed a claim…

Cultural Heritage Lawyer Rick St. Hilaire: Ka Nefer Nefer Case Resumes After Lengthy Hiatus

Ka Nefer Nefer Case Resumes After Lengthy Hiatus http://culturalheritagelawyer.blogspot.com/2012/03/ka-nefer-nefer-case-resumes-after.html March 30, 2012 St. Louis Art Museum Lawyers for the St. Louis Art Museum (SLAM) filed a sur-reply last week in the case of U.S. v. Mask of Ka Nefer Nefer after activity in the case–at least with regard to legal filings–abruptly ended in August 2011.  That changed…

Turkey wants Bowling Green State University’s ancient Roman mosaics returned | cleveland.com

Turkey wants Bowling Green State Universitys ancient Roman mosaics returned http://www.cleveland.com/arts/index.ssf/2012/03/turkey_wants_bgsus_ancient_rom.html March 6, 2012 View full sizeSteven Litt, The Plain DealerThe ancient Roman mosaics at BGSU have been installed below glass in a lobby at the new Wolfe Arts Center. Turkey said it expects Bowling Green State University to return a dozen ancient Roman mosaics…

Origin of ancient mosaics at BGSU suspect – Pieces feared looted from Turkish town

Origin of ancient mosaics at BGSU suspect http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2012/02/07/Origin-of-ancient-mosaics-at-BGSU-suspect.html Februray 8, 2012 Pieces feared looted from Turkish town BY TAHREE LANE BLADE STAFF WRITER Dr. Stephanie Langin-Hooper, Assistant Professor of Ancient Art History, kneels near ancient mosaics at the Wolfe Center at Bowling Green State University, Tuesday. THE BLADE/ANDY MORRISONEnlarge | Photo Reprints BOWLING GREEN — BOWLING GREEN —…

Kwame Opoku – RETURN OF STOLEN SKULLS BY GERMANY TO NAMIBIA: CLOSURE OF A HORRIBLE CHAPTER?

In connection with the recent return to Namibia of 20 skulls of Namibians that were taken to Germany during the German colonial rule in South -West Africa, now Namibia, Nahas Angula, Prime Minister of Namibia is reported to have declared at the airport, as follows:  “The Namibian nation accepts these mortal remains as a symbolic closure of…

Saint Louis Art Museum announces major gift of nearly 150 European artworks; Most interesting. This museum is NOT a member of the International Council of Museums (ICOM), and still refusing to return a stolen Egyptian mask (the Ka Nefer Nefer mask that was stolen from a warehouse in Saqqara, Egypt). The Saint Louis Art museum ignores the ICOM code of ethics.

    Most interesting. This museum is NOT a member of the International Council of Museums (ICOM), and still refusing to return a stolen Egyptian mask (the Ka Nefer Nefer mask that was stolen from a warehouse in Saqqara, Egypt). The Saint Louis Art museum ignores the ICOM code of ethics. Saint Louis Art Museum…

ekathimerini.com | Illicit antiquities trade continues to thrive in Greece

ekathimerini.comhttp://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_wsite4_24122_24/06/2011_395882 Illicit antiquities trade continues to thrive in Greece Illicit antiquities trade continues to thrive in Greece  Short-staffed archaeological sites are easy targetsThe majority of visitors to state museums in Greece find the experience disappointing. There are various reasons for this, including closed halls due to staff shortages — a factor which also affects service…

‘Indiana Jones in reverse’ wins archaeology ‘Oscar’ – WalesOnline

‘Indiana Jones in reverse’ wins archaeology ‘Oscar’ – Wales News – News – WalesOnline http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/2011/06/18/indiana-jones-in-reverse-wins-archaeology-oscar-91466-28898055/ June 18, 2011 VALUABLE archaeological sites are being “decimated” to service a full-scale industry in selling human history, according to the man dubbed “Indiana Jones in reverse”. Swansea University archaeologist Dr David Gill said many fortune hunters are abandoning all…

Goddess statue: Once a Getty prize, Italy's goddess statue remains a mystery – latimes.com

Goddess statue: Once a Getty prize, Italys goddess statue remains a mystery – latimes.com http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-ca-culture-exchange-20110529,0,6748034.story May 29, 2011 Reporting from Aidone, Italy —— In ancient times, central Sicily was the bread basket of the Western world. Fields of rolling wheat and wildflowers, groves of olive and pomegranate and citrus — even today, fertility seems to…

American Professor Caught Trafficking Antiquities in Israel

Faces three years for selling hundreds of stolen artifacts An American history professor has been arrested by Israeli authorities at the country’s main airport as he attempted to slip out of the country with items allegedly obtained from illegal grave robberies. The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) said the man, identified as John Lund from Utah,…

AFP: US returns 'remarkable treasures' to Peru

US returns ‘remarkable treasures’ to Peru (AFP) – 13 hours ago WASHINGTON — The United States on Thursday returned a collection of stolen historical artefacts to Peru, including textiles and pottery estimated to be up to 1,800 years old. “The antiquities we are returning today are remarkable treasures of untold historical significance. More than mere objects,…

Book announcement – Getty's history of looted antiquities goes way back

http://www.laobserved.com/archive/2011/05/gettys_history_of_looted.php Gettys history of looted antiquities goes way back – LA Observed Kevin Roderick • May 2 2011 10:55 PM In their forthcoming book “Chasing Aphrodite: The Hunt for Looted Antiquities at the World’s Richest Museum,” Jason Felch and Ralph Frammolino will detail the story of the looted Aphrodite statue that the Getty returned to Sicily in March.…

NEFERTITI – Kunst des Raubens und Bewahrens

Wieder einmal fordert Ägypten vehement die Rückgabe der Büste der Nofretete, die im Neuen Museum in Berlin ausgestellt ist. Das Ansinnen wurde prompt abgeschmettert. Schließlich sei ja kein Kunstraub begangen worden. Dabei gibt es Grauzonen, doch manche Räubereien sind eindeutig dreist. Zum Beispiel: Napoleon Bonaparte wollte Paris zu dem gestalten, was einst das antike Rom war: Eine Ansammlung der prächtigsten Bauten und Kunstwerke. Der…

Germany refuses to return Nefertiti bust to Egypt

Germany says it will not return an ancient bust of Queen Nefertiti to Egypt with the head of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, Hermann Parzinger, insisting the bust was acquired legally by the Prussian state nearly a century ago. The 3,300-year-old bust of Pharaoh Akhenaton’s  wife was discovered in 1913 by German archaeologist Ludwig Borchardt and…