Monday, June 9, 2014

Will the Michael C. Carlos Museum be returning the Minoan larnax?

Composite picture showing the Minoan larnax
in the Michael C. Carlos Museum (right)
and image from one of the seized photographic archives.
Last week's news that Karlsruhe returned two Cycladic objects acquired in the 1970s to Greece is likely to place increased pressure on the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University. It is some seven years since the Greek Government made a request for three items acquired in recent years. One of the three items is a Minoan larnax that is clearly recognisable in the paperwork of one of the seized photographic archives.

Will the museum continue to ignore the Greek claim? What is the professional response from the curatorial staff?

And what about the larnax in Houston?

I am grateful to Dr Christos Tsirogiannis for information about this larnax.

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