Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Egypt takes action against the Louvre

It has been announced that Egypt is taking firm action against the Louvre in Paris (Paul Schemm, "Egypt cuts ties with France's Louvre museum", AP October 7, 2009). The issue revolves around the Louvre's possession of four reliefs from the tomb of Tetaki which were acquired in "good faith" in 2000 and 2003.

The statement means that Egypt's Supreme Council of antiquities has suspended the Louvre-sponsored excavation at Saqqara. A lecture due to be given in Egypt by Christiane Ziegler, a former curator at the Louvre has also been cancelled.


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