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  • 06 Jul 2015 8:30 AM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Hindus want Queensland Gallery to return Lord Krishna statue if proven stolen

    05 July, 2015

    Hindus are urging The Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) of Australia to expedite the provenance of Krishna and Uma statues "identified as requiring further research", and if proved stolen, return these to Hindu temples they originally belonged.

    Queensland Government run QAGOMA has identified seven objects as "requiring further research" under its "Asian Art Provenance Research" project and the "supplied chain of ownership for these objects is currently being reviewed". These include a 13th century bronze "Krishna the jubilant butter thief" and 12th/13th century bronze "Shivakami Uma".

    - See more at: http://www.merinews.com/article/hindus-want-queensland-gallery-to-return-lord-krishna-statue-if-proven-stolen/15907675.shtml#sthash.Uuh9eMpG.dpuf 

  • 06 Jul 2015 8:19 AM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Isil holds heritage to ransom to fund fighters, US expert warns

    Terrorist group functions as a modern racketeering operation through sale of plundered cultural objects

    by David D'Arcy  |  2 July 2015

    A US academic working with Syrian heritage has warned that Isil’s tightening grip on heritage sites such as the ancient city of Palmyra indicates its increasing reliance on the sale of plundered cultural objects to generate funds that it previously earned from kidnapping and oil smuggling. 

    Michael Danti, the academic director of the ASOR Syrian Heritage Initiative, a joint project between the US Department of State and the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR), says Isil is “holding the site hostage. It’s the kidnap for ransom situation that Isil specialises in. In this case, it’s heritage they’re holding, rather than people.”

    http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/news/157627/ 

  • 06 Jul 2015 8:15 AM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Looted in Syria – and sold in London: the British antiques shops dealing in artefacts smuggled by Isis

    When Mark Altaweel agreed to hunt for ‘blood antiquities’ in London dealerships, he was expecting more of a challenge. But as the archaeologist discovered, relics from the ruins of Palmyra and Nimrud are now on display in British shops – and so far no-one has worked out how to stop it

    Mark Altaweel is surprised at how easy it is. A few hours into a hunt around London, the near-east specialist from the UCL Institute of Archaeology has uncovered objects that, he says, are “very likely to be coming from conflict regions” in Iraq and Syria. The items – pieces of early glass; a tiny statue; some fragments of bone inlay – range from the second to fourth centuries BC. Altaweel says they are so distinctive that they could only have come from a particular part of the region: the part now controlled by the so-called Islamic State. That we were able to find such items openly sold in London “tells you the scale – we’re just seeing the tail end of it,” he says.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jul/03/antiquities-looted-by-isis-end-up-in-london-shops

  • 06 Jul 2015 8:14 AM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Destruction at Palmyra site 'perverse' attempt to deny Syrian people their heritage, UNESCO chief warns

    3 July 2015 – Condemning the destruction of archaeological treasures from the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra as a “perverse…new attempt to break the bonds between people and their history,” the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today called on the international community, including the art market, to join forces and stop the traffic in cultural property.

    "The ongoing destruction of Palmyra's cultural artifacts reflects the brutality and ignorance of extremist groups and their disregard of local communities and the Syrian people," decaled UNESCO chief Irina Bokova, strongly condemning this new assault on Palmyra, a World Heritage Site, particularly funerary busts and the renowned Lion statue of Athena from the entrance of the site's museum. 

    http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=51336#.VZpt0k377cs

  • 06 Jul 2015 7:57 AM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    IS says it destroyed archaeological pieces from Palmyra

    Posted July 3

    By BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press

    BEIRUT — Islamic State group militants have destroyed six archaeological pieces from the historic town of Palmyra that were confiscated from a smuggler, the group said.

    An IS statement, released late Thursday, said the six busts were found when the smuggler was stopped at a checkpoint. The issue was referred to an Islamic court in the IS-held northern Syrian town of Manbij, which ordered that they be destroyed and the man be whipped.

    Photographs released by the group show IS militants destroying the busts with large hammers. Another photo shows the smuggler being whipped


    Read more at http://www.wral.com/is-says-it-destroyed-archaeological-pieces-from-palmyra/14752356/#FqhbFZHTcaZTycmZ.99

     

  • 02 Jul 2015 1:21 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    IS destroys statues outside Syria's Palmyra museum

    IS captured Palmyra, a renowned UNESCO World Heritage site on May 21

    Islamic State group jihadists have destroyed a famous statue of a lion outside the museum in the Syrian city of Palmyra, the country's antiquities director said Thursday.

    Maamoun Abdelkarim said the statue, known as the Lion of Al-Lat, was an irreplacable piece and was apparently destroyed last week. 

    http://www.i24news.tv/en/news/international/middle-east/76985-150702-is-destroys-statue-outside-syria-s-palmyra-museum

  • 02 Jul 2015 1:18 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    UN in plea to stop Islamic State's 'industrial scale' looting

    Published: 02 July 2015

    The United Nations today appealed to security experts in London to help stem the flow of stolen antiquities from Syria and Iraq, warning that treasures were being sold on an “industrial scale” to fund Islamic State terrorism.

    Irena Bokova, the head of the UN’s cultural organisation Unesco, said “huge volumes” of antiquities worth millions were being stripped from historic sites, adding that protection of the sites was a “security imperative” as their destruction by IS extremists reached “unprecedented” levels.

    http://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/un-in-plea-to-stop-islamic-states-industrial-scale-looting-10360530.html

     

  • 02 Jul 2015 1:13 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    An ASOR and AIA Statement Regarding H.R. 1493  

    Recently, ASOR and the AIA received an open letter raising concerns about H.R. 1493, a bill designed “to protect and preserve international cultural property at risk due to political instability, armed conflict, or natural and other disasters, and for other purposes.” In particular, the letter raised concerns about an amendment added to the bill in the House of Representatives that allows the President to waive the import restrictions for Syrian cultural materials when the owner of the materials wishes to deposit them in the United States temporarily for purposes of safekeeping and preservation. This amendment is part of the bill that is now being considered in the Senate - See more at: http://www.archaeological.org/news/aianews/19458#sthash.uLTZZiMC.dpuf

  • 02 Jul 2015 8:52 AM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    British Museum’s ivory icons denied US entry for loan show

    The US Fish and Wildlife Service blocked the importation of the Byzantine objects before they ever left the UK

    by Victoria Stapley-Brown  |  1 July 2015

    The US Fish and Wildlife Service blocked the importation of six Byzantine ivory pieces due to come to the US on a loan from the British Museum for the travelling exhibition Saints and Dragons: Icons from Byzantium to Russia. The show, currently on view at the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton, Massachusetts and due to travel to the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia, this autumn, centres on icons that are normally hidden away in storage at the London museum.

    Laura Garrity-Arquitt, the registrar at the Museum of Russian Icons, which organised the show, says that despite the age of the religious works (dating from the 9th through the 12th century) any animal remains entering the US must be cleared through the federal Fish and Wildlife Service. The head of the organisation denied permission, though “they didn’t really give a concrete reason why they wouldn’t allow them”, Garrity-Arquitt says, although she did add that it was likely due to the “whole issue with elephant poaching”.  

    http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/museums/157350/

  • 02 Jul 2015 8:49 AM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Isil holds heritage to ransom to fund fighters, US expert warns

    Terrorist group functions as a modern racketeering operation through sale of plundered cultural objects

    by David D'Arcy  |  2 July 2015

    A US academic working with Syrian heritage has warned that Isil’s tightening grip on heritage sites such as the ancient city of Palmyra indicates its increasing reliance on the sale of plundered cultural objects to generate funds that it previously earned from kidnapping and oil smuggling. 

    Michael Danti, the academic director of the ASOR Syrian Heritage Initiative, a joint project between the US Department of State and the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR), says Isil is “holding the site hostage. It’s the kidnap for ransom situation that Isil specialises in. In this case, it’s heritage they’re holding, rather than people.”
     

    http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/news/157627/

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