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Draped goddess from "a distinguished private collection"

Goddess from Schinoussa ArchiveSource: Dr Christos Tsirogiannis Christie's is due to be auctioning a 'Roman marble draped goddess' in their auction at the Rockefeller Plaza, New York on 25 October 2016 (lot 92). It is recorded as the "property from a distinguished private collection". Show More Summary

Arrests in Greece

News is emerging of 26 arrests linked to a network supplying antiquities (including coins) to outlets in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the UK (Helen Stoilas, "Police in Greece arrest 26 in bust of alleged antiquities smuggling ring", The Art Newspaper 5 October 2016). Show More Summary

Spotlight on European collections

Attic black-figured amphora from the Schinoussa Archive. Courtesy of Christos Tsirogiannis. Following the recent return of antiquities from the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek to Italy, the spotlight will be on other European collections that contain archaeological material that appears to have been derived from Italy. Show More Summary

Architectural terracottas from Pyrgi

It now appears that some of the architectural terracottas returned from Copenhagen to Italy [press release] were derived from the Etruscan sanctuary site at Pyrgi, the port serving Cerveteri. It is unclear why the museum authorities in Denmark have been so reluctant to disclose a full list of what has been returned. Show More Summary

Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) Policy on the Presentation and Publication of Ancient Artifacts

I am grateful to a colleague for sending me detail of the Society of Biblical Literature's policy on Scholarly Presentation and Publication of Ancient Artifacts. It is an endorsement of ASOR's Policy on Professional Conduct. There is...Show More Summary

Silver phiale acquired in honour of Thomas P. Campbell

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, gilt silver phiale mesomphalos I note that the AAMD object registry has listed an Athenian gold-figured silver phiale that has been acquired by New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art (inv. 2015.260.3).Show More Summary

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek: Terracottas

Further details are emerging on the Etruscan architectural terracottas that have been returned from the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen to Italy.Here is a selection of the architectural terracottas from the return. They are suggestive of material from several Etruscan temples in the region of Cerveteri. Show More Summary

Ny Carlsberg returns: the pottery

Here are details of some of the pottery from the Ny Carlsberg returns: IN 3417. Messapian trozella (nestoris). Acquired 1970 from the Art Market. Find-spot: Monte Salete (Grottaglie) in Apulia. CVA 1, pl. 105-106, no. 82. IN 3419. East Greek alabastron in the form of a sandalled foot. Show More Summary

Ny Carlsberg Returns Objects to Italy

Tomb XI from Colle del Forno. Photo: Ana Cecilia Gonzalez Back in 2008 I wrote about the Italian claims against the Ny Carlsberg in Copenhagen that had started in 2002. Earlier this month an announcement was made that Denmark would be...Show More Summary

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek and Italy: "trasforma una crisi in opportunità"

The Italian Government and the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen have come to an agreement over a series of objects acquired from the 1970s ("TORNA IN ITALIA IL PREZIOSO CARRO SABINO A DECORAZIONI DORATE: Franceschini, storico accordo tra l’Italia e il museo Ny Calsberg Glyptotek di Copenhagen", MIBACT 5 July 2016 [press release]). Show More Summary

Amphora withdrawn from Christie's

Source: Dr Christos Tsirogiannis Christie's has decided to withdraw the amphora that had been identified by Dr Christos Tsirogiannis as the one apparently featuring in photographs seized in a Greek police raid.Christie's now need toShow More Summary

Due diligence needs to matter for the London market

Image seized in Greek police raid (2007)Source: Dr Christos Tsirogiannis Due diligence matters. And it matters even more in London as Westminster politicians discuss the issues surrounding cultural property.And that is why major auction-houses...Show More Summary

Images seized in Greece and an amphora attributed to the Bucci painter

Source_ Dr Christos Tsirogiannis Dr Christos Tsirogiannis has drawn my attention to an Attic Attic black-figured neck-amphora attributed to the Bucci painter that is due to be auctioned at Christie's London, King Street on Wednesday 6 July 2016 (lot 52). Show More Summary

The Parthenon Sculptures: Moving on?

Parthenon frieze © David Gill The 200th anniversary of the arrival of the Parthenon marbles in the British Museum is being marked. The anniversary is explored by Contantine Sandis ("Britain has kept the ‘Elgin Marbles’ for 200 years – now it's time to pass them on", The Conversation June 7, 2016). Show More Summary

The UK Intends to Ratify the Hague Convention

© David Gill The Queen's Speech today highlighted legislation for the year ahead (BBC May 18, 2016). This highlights:Cultural Property Bill (UK-wide) The UK to ratify the Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the...Show More Summary

Sicily: Culture and Conquest

© David Gill The British Museum is currently showing a temporary exhibition, 'Sicily: Culture and Conquest'.The accompanying catalogue by Dirk Booms and Peter Higgs (British Museum Press, 2016) does contain illustration and discussion of some material returned to Sicily. Show More Summary

Hoards: Hidden History

(2015) I have noted Eleanor Ghey's important work on the (excavated) Beau Street hoard. Her illustrated British Museum Press volume, Hoards: Hidden History (London, 2015) was published last year.The double-page spread for the introduction...Show More Summary

ISIS and The Missing Treasures

Reporter Simon Cox investigates the looting and subsequent sale of antiquities from Syria in this episode of Channel 4's Dispatches (18 April 2016). The programme discusses a lintel known to have come from Syria and on offer in London; a manuscript in Copenhagen; and an intercepted consignment.The programme can be viewed here for the next 29 days.

Lintel from Syria for sale in London

Reporter Simon Cox talked about one of the objects from Syria that he identified for sale in London on BBC Radio 4 Today (18 April 2016; 2:53).Despite their stated aim of destroying ancient cultural heritage, the so-called Islamic State...Show More Summary

Heritage Crime in England

#heritagecrimeconf closes-protecting heritage@britishlibrary @PoliceChiefs @HistoricEngland — Herts Police (@HertsPolice) 11 April 2016 It will be interesting to read the text and presentations of some of the talks at the Heritage Crime conference held at the British Library. Show More Summary

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