Cultural Heritage News

  • 06 Oct 2014 8:37 AM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Priceless pieces find their way home

    BY VANESSA McCRAY
    BLADE STAFF WRITER

    For the third time, a rare object purchased by the Toledo Museum of Art will return to its home country amid a swirl of scrutiny regarding the piece’s true ownership.

    Each instance of art repatriation holds the intrigue of a mystery thriller undefined international looting, smuggling, forgery, and deceit carried out in a high-stakes, high-priced world of cultural acquisitions.

    First, Toledo sent back to Germany a delicate porcelain mermaid; then Italy received a 2,500-year-old painted terracotta water jug 

    http://www.toledoblade.com/Art/2014/10/05/Priceless-pieces-find-their-way-home.html

  • 03 Oct 2014 2:24 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Antiquities Lost, Casualties of War

    In Syria and Iraq, Trying to Protect a Heritage at Risk

    Yasser Tabbaa, a specialist on Islamic art and architecture, remembers taking many trips to a 13th-century shrine dedicated to the Imam Awn al-Din, in Mosul in northern Iraq. The building was one of the few to survive Mongol invasion, never mind the destructive effects of weather and time. And this shrine had a stunning vaulted ceiling, like a honeycomb.

    “It is a beautiful pyramidal tower at the edge of the Tigris,” said Mr. Tabbaa, who taught at New York University Abu Dhabi and lives in Ann Arbor, Mich.

    His heart fell this summer, however, when he saw an online video of the shrine exploding in a cloud of dust, blown up by the militant group the Islamic State.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/05/arts/design/in-syria-and-iraq-trying-to-protect-a-heritage-at-risk.html?_r=0

  • 03 Oct 2014 2:21 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

     

    Suspected stolen relic to be sent to homeland

    BY RONEISHA MULLEN
     
     

    A 1,000-year-old statue on display at the Toledo Museum of Art for almost a decade will be returned to the government of India, the museum announced Wednesday.

    The small sculpture, a bronze statue of the Hindu deity Ganesh, known as the Ganesha, has been the source of an ongoing investigation after the U.S. Justice Department contacted museum officials regarding the statue’s history and documentation.

    The museum bought the Ganesha for $245,000 in 2006 from Subhash Kapoor, a second-generation antiques dealer who is facing trial in India on charges of illegal exportation, conspiracy, and forgery


        http://www.toledoblade.com/Art/2014/10/03/Suspected-stolen-relic-to-be-sent-to-homeland.html#ICXRkaUfdfYzMwYw.99
     
     
     
  • 02 Oct 2014 5:15 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Italy Returns Pieces Belonging to Ecuador’s Cultural Heritage

    Published 1 October 2014
     
    Italian police Coronel Luigi Cortellessa said that the search for stolen artefacts is “never ending.”

    Ten archeological artefacts and a terracotta wind instrument dating back to the pre-Hispanic period were returned on Wednesday to Ecuador by the Tutelary of Cultural Heritage of the Italian Police.

    These pre-Columbian archeological goods were recovered by the Italian police in the Italian cities of Monza and Turin. The Ecuadorian ambassador in Italy, Juan Holguín, received the South American pieces in Rome.

    In addition to the instrument, Ansalatina reported that a small flute adorned with anthropomorphic drawings and pieces of an iguana in relief were also found. A bird dating back to the Bahia civilization from the sixth century, three complete statues, heads and two goblets were also found.     

    http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Italy-Returns-Pieces-Belonging-to-Ecuadors-Cultural-Heritage-20141001-0087.html

  • 01 Oct 2014 4:10 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    UN conference calls for return of Indigenous remains

                       
    A UN conference has called for an intensified effort to achieve the repatriation of Indigenous ceremonial objects and human remains being held in foreign museums and other institutions.
    By
    KRISTINA KUKOLJA

    Source:
    World News Radio
    1 Oct 2014 - 2:00 PM
                                           
                   

    A United Nations conference has called for an intensified effort to achieve the repatriation of Indigenous ceremonial objects and human remains being held in foreign museums and other institutions.

    It's a key outcome of the inaugural World Conference on Indigenous Peoples that has just ended at UN headquarters in New York

    As Kristina Kukolja reports, it's an area where Australia in some respects appears to have led the way.

                   

    http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/10/01/un-conference-calls-return-indigenous-remains

  • 01 Oct 2014 2:57 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

     

    St Louis archaeological society sells Egyptian treasure
    The American Institute for Archaeology says it is “deeply concerned” about the sale of antiquities

    “We are strongly opposed to the proposed sale”, says Ann Benbow, the executive director of the AIA, in an email to The Art Newspaper. “If [it] goes forward, it will tarnish the long-standing reputation of the AIA, which has a strong stance against the sale of antiquities… Archaeological artifacts should be cared for and made available for educational purposes, not put up for auction.” Benbow adds that the AIA has “formally asked the St Louis Society not to go forward with the sale and are awaiting their response”.

    http://www.theartnewspaper.com/articles/St-Louis-archaeological-society-sells-Egyptian-treasure/35718

  • 01 Oct 2014 2:29 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    ISIS selling Iraq’s artifacts in black market: UNESCO

    The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which has taken over large swathes of land in Iraq and Syria, is selling ancient Iraqi artifacts in the black market to finance its military operations in the region, Iraqi and Western officials said.

    Speaking at a conference at the U.N. cultural agency UNESCO in Paris, France's ambassador to UNESCO Philippe Lalliot warned that Iraq’s cultural heritage is in “great danger.”

    The Paris conference hosted a number of international experts and diplomats to discuss ways to save Iraq’s treasures.

     

    http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/09/30/ISIS-selling-Iraq-s-artifacts-in-black-market.html

  • 01 Oct 2014 12:29 AM | Anonymous
    Artworks belonging to former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos have been seized by authorities who claim they were acquired with stolen state funds.

    bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-29427876


  • 26 Sep 2014 2:05 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Scholars Call for U.N. to Ban Trade in Syrian Antiquities

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    Bas-relief work on display at the National Museum of Iraq in Baghdad. Scholars say antiquities from parts of Iraq and Syria controlled by the Islamic State are threatened by looting.
    Bas-relief work on display at the National Museum of Iraq in Baghdad. Scholars say antiquities from parts of Iraq and Syria controlled by the Islamic State are threatened by looting.Credit Hadi Mizban/Associated Press

    More than 80 prominent archaeologists and other scholars from around the world have signed an open letter calling on the United Nations Security Council to ban trade in Syrian antiquities, a market they say is now destroying Syria’s cultural heritage and providing funding for extremist groups.

    “Our shared world heritage in Syria is being looted and turned into weapons of war,” the letter says. “Ancient sites dating back to the very earliest moments of human civilization are being crudely dug up and sold to foreign collectors.”

    http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/09/25/scholars-call-for-u-n-to-ban-trade-in-syrian-antiquities/?_php=true&_type=blogs&partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=0

  • 26 Sep 2014 12:37 AM | Anonymous
    An open letter to ban the trade in Syrian artifacts. The page also includes a link to add your signature: https://diary.thesyriacampaign.org/un-ban-the-trade-in-syrian-antiquities/

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