Monday, August 12, 2013

SLAM: will the museum do the right thing?

There has been renewed covered of the Egyptian mummy mask excavated at Saqqara acquired by the Saint Louis Art Museum. The mask has parallel collecting histories. This is a mask that the museum implicitly asserts was sold in Brussels in 1952 and allegedly acquired by the Kaloterna collection in 1962. Yet amazingly the mask was in Cairo in 1966, but was acquired by an anonymous Swiss collector around 1967.

I do not believe it. Do the curators at SLAM believe it?

Will  they publish the full authenticated and documented collecting history? And how do they explain the mask's appearance in Cairo in 1966?

Perhaps Jason Busch, the newly appointed deputy director would like to make a comment? Or how about the director, Brent R. Benjamin?

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