Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Robin Symes and the Met

The death of Christo Michailidis on July 4, 1999, during a dinner party hosted by Leon Levy and Shelby White is well documented (see Peter Watson, "The Fall of Robin Symes", Culture Without Context, 15, Autumn 2004).

The following year Symes presented the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York with a terracotta in memory of Michailidis. The on-line catalogue entry does not provide information about the figure's previous owners or where it was found.

Statuette of a Draped Goddess, late 5th–4th century B.C. Greek Terracotta; H. 14 3/4 in. (37.5 cm) Gift of Robin Symes, in memory of Christo Michailidis, 2000 (2000.163)

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