Walking an ethics tightrope: The business of collecting antiquities

28 Oct 2015 9:45 AM | Anonymous

Walking an ethics tightrope: The business of collecting antiquities

Ong Sor Fern

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Oct 27, 2015, 5:00 am SGT

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The slack protection of cultural artefacts makes it hard for museums to protect themselves from fraud

I once held a 10,000-year-old pot in my hands. After the initial terror that I'd drop it - never mind the fact that it was reconstructed from shards anyway - there was an ineffable moment of awe and humility.

Some human, long dead, buried and turned to dust, had shaped this object. Other humans had touched it, used it, discarded it. And it had weathered the centuries to finally be carefully retrieved from the earth and lovingly reconstructed in a museum. 

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