Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Mainz and the gold vessel

I commented yesterday on the gold vessel that may have been derived from a royal cemetery on Ur.

The story continues today in the German press ("Schutz des Erbes", Allgemeine Zeitung 14 July 2009). Michael Müller-Karpe has now written to the German Foreign Minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, about the way that recently surfaced antiquities from Iraq but also Turkey continue to pass through Germany. (See also my comments on "Germany: 'it's like an antiquities laundry'", November 12, 2008)

The scale of the problem is highlighted by today's Stuttgart sale that is reported to have had some 28 objects that appear to have been derived from Iraq.

Will Germany take the issue of cultural property seriously?

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