Friday, November 18, 2011

Keros Haul for Sale in Germany?

One of the more notorious examples of looting in Greece was the wholesale removal of fragmentary Cycladic figures known as the Keros Haul.

The Munich auction house Gorny & Mosch (auction 202) is offering two Cycladic fragments that look as if they too are derived from the Keros haul (lots 7 and 8). Both come from the Waltz collection. If this is the case, will Gorny & Mosch be contacting the Greek Government to check that the objects have not been looted from this highly significant site in the southern Aegean? Would a German auction-house wish to be seen to be ignoring the claims of Greece over a cultural property claim at this moment in time?

The same Munich auction-house has been linked to the handling of recently-surfaced antiquities as part of Operation Ghelas.

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1 comment:

constantinakatsari said...

Thank you for the information. I retweeted it to my followers, some of which are Greek journalists. Would you give us a follow up?

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