a tale of a few cities

Acropolis Museum Needs to Hire Zahi Hawass

Posted in Art by petercombe on October 10, 2009

Elgin_Marbles_east_pediment

The Parthenon Marbles

The Acropolis Museum in Greece needs to get a little more savvy in it’s approach regarding its desire to have the Parthenon Marbles, aka the Elgin marbles, returned from the British Museum in the UK. The museum could start by hiring Zahi Hawass (mentioned below in a Huffington Post article by Angela Charlton), as consultant.

PARIS — France’s culture minister agreed Friday to return five painted wall fragments to Egypt after a row over their ownership prompted the Egyptians to cut ties with the Louvre Museum.

A committee of 35 specialists unanimously recommended that France give back the painted wall fragments from a 3,200-year-old tomb near the ancient temple city of Luxor.
Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand “immediately decided to follow this recommendation,” his office said in a statement. It was not clear when France would send the fragments back to Egypt.
Mitterrand said the items were acquired by the Louvre in “good faith” and that the decision to return them reflects France’s and the Louvre’s commitment of “resolute action against illegal trafficking of cultural goods.”

Egypt’s antiquities chief Zahi Hawass described the disputed fragments as pieces of a burial fresco showing the nobleman Tetaki’s journey to the afterlife.
Hawass took his campaign to recover the nation’s lost treasures to a new level Wednesday by cutting ties with the Louvre over the artifacts. It was the most aggressive effort yet by Hawass, Egypt’s tough and media-savvy chief archaeologist, to reclaim what he says are antiquities stolen from the country and purchased by leading world museums.

Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/10/09/france-to-return-stolen-e_n_315402.html

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