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Protecting Heritage in Scotland

© David Gill I could not help noticing that ancient monuments in Scotland not in State Guardianship have prominent reminders about their protection.

Mithras relief from Tor Cervara

Source: MiBACT A fragmentary relief of Mithras was discovered in 1964 at Tor Cervara on the outskirts of Rome. It was acquired by the Museo Nazionale Romano.A further fragment of the relief was acquired by the Badisches Landesmueum in Kalrsruhe in 1976. Show More Summary

Tiffany Jenkins on Cultural Property: AJA review

I have noted earlier reviews of Jenkins' Keeping their marbles here. Guy D. Middleton (Newcastle University) has reviewed the book for AJA:"If anything, Jenkins’ book convinces me that the issue of claims for the return of objects is...Show More Summary

The Perge Weary Herakles in Context

Boston's Museum of Fine Art returned the upper part of the Weary Herakles to Turkey. Indeed it appeared in the Glories of the Past exhibition.Susan Wood has now placed the sculpture back in its original context with her discussion, "Klaudios...Show More Summary

Sevso Treasure acquired by Hungary

A further seven pieces of the Sevso Treasure have been acquired by Hungary ("Hungary Buys 2nd Half of Roman-Era Silver Treasure", AP 12 July 2017). It is reported that 28 million euros were paid for the remaining pieces, making 43 million euros for the hoard.This contextless hoard has been stripped of valuable information. Show More Summary

Hobby Lobby Cuneiform tablets

The seizure of thousands of antiquities including cuneiform tablets from Hobby Lobby in the US raises several issues.First, the collector seems to have been unaware of the ethical issues surrounding the acquisition of objects without documented collecting histories. Show More Summary

Getty returns Fleischman Zeus to Italy

Seated Zeus to return to Italy.Source: MiBACT The Italian Government has announcted that the Getty Museum has returned a seated Zeus to Italy ("FRANCESCHINI, IL GETTY MUSEUM SIGLA ACCORDO CON L’ITALIA PER LA RESTITUZIONE DELLO ZEUS IN TRONO RIENTRA A NAPOLI STATUA DEL I SECOLO A.C.", press release, 13 June 2017; "The J. Show More Summary

Stela anthemion surfaces at Sotheby's

Images: L, Sotheby's; R, Becchina archive (courtesy of Dr Christos Tsirogiannis) Sotheby's will have bad memories of their antiquities department in London. The auction-house has restarted antiquities sales in London and on Monday 12...Show More Summary

Sardinian warrior from "old Swiss collection"

Source: New York County District Attorney's Office Source: Google One of the Sardinian bronzes of a warrior was seized from an as yet unnamed Manahattan gallery. It appears to be the one that passed through the Royal-Athena Gallery: Art of the Ancient World 23 (2012) no. Show More Summary

Paestan lekythos from "an old Swiss collection"

Source: New York County District Attorney's Office Paestan lekythos. Source: Google One of the pieces seized from an as yet unnamed Manhattan gallery is a Paestan lekythos attributed to the Asteas-Python workshop. It has a stated collecting...Show More Summary

Kantharos from an old Swiss collection

Source: Google It appears that the kantharos seized from a second Manhattan gallery came from an old Swiss collection.This appears to have surfaced in Basel in February 1994 and then passed to a New York private collection. It was then...Show More Summary

Antiquities from a Manhattan gallery

Source: New York County District Attorney's Office For completeness I note the seizures from a second gallery in Manhattan. a Sardinian bronze ox, 8th century BC, valued at $6,500 a Sardinian bronze warrior wearing a helmet and carrying...Show More Summary

Intellectual consequences of the Attic red-figured lekythos

Attic red-figured lekythosSource: New York County District Attorney The Attic red-figured lekythos that has been seized from a Manhattan gallery is attributed to the group of Palermo 16. Find-spots (and the Beazley Archive now defines...Show More Summary

Attic lekythos returned to Italy

The New York County District Attorney's Office has announced that it has seized a number of antiquities from two separate premises and that the items will be returning to Italy "8th century B.C.E. bronze statues among collection of ancient...Show More Summary

Floating Culture: unrecorded archaeological finds

Display in Lincoln (c) David Gill Adam Daubney, the FLO for Lincolnshire, has written on the unrecorded finds that are obtained via metal-detecting ("Floating culture: the unrecorded antiquities of England and Wales", International Journal of Heritage Studies [2017] 1-15 [DOI]). Show More Summary

The Tiberius and the Drusus heads

Tiberius and Drusus. Source: PIASA Documented collecting histories are important. The portrait heads of Drusus Minor and Tiberius excavated at Sessa Aurunca have parallel histories.Both passed through the sale of PIASA in Paris on 17-18 March 2003, lot 569, and 29 September 2004, lot 340. Show More Summary

The Drusus and Tiberius portraits from Sessa Aurunca

Drusus Minor. Source: Cleveland Museum of Art The return of the head of Drusus Minor to Italy from the Cleveland Museum of Art has been in part thanks to the diligent research of Giuseppe Scarpati. He has discovered the photographicShow More Summary

Cleveland Museum of Art to return portrait of Drusus

Drusus. Source: Cleveland Museum of Art In 2012 the Cleveland Museum of Art purchased a portrait head of Drusus that was reported to be from "an old Algerian collection" (see earlier report). The head had been purchased from PhoenixShow More Summary

Attic amphora handed back to Italians

Image from Becchina Archive The research of Dr Christos Tsirogiannis has led to the return of an Attic red-figured amphora, attributed to the Harrow painter, to Italy (Tom Mashberg, "Stolen Etruscan Vessel to Be Returned to Italy", New...Show More Summary

Seizures and a New York Gallery

Source: Becchina Archive A New York Gallery seems to have been linked to a number of seized or returning objects: Attic red-figured Nolan amphora (Feb 2017) Roman sarcophagus fragment (Jan 2017) Attic red-figured krater (handled in 1980 and 2005) The two pieces seized in 2017 were identified from the Becchina archive. Show More Summary

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