Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Statue of Entemena returns to Iraq

The statue of Entemena has returned to Iraq (Farah Stockman, "Kept safe in US, Iraqi royal statue heads home", Boston Globe September 7, 2010). The statue had been looted from the National Museum in Baghdad and then re-emerged in Syria. The US authorities had been alerted by an Iraqi dealer based in New York: "The dealer, who had been caught falsifying documents related to another artifact, agreed to help get the statue back".

The report shows the role of Professor John Russell of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

The story is a timely reminder about the need to look for fully documented and authenticated collecting histories.

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