Thursday, 8 September 2011

Ayman Ramadan and "Nafertiti Eastern Sculptures Trading"

Rick St Hilaire has a post today on a topic which interests me too: 'Ayman Ramadan and Nafertiti Eastern Sculptures Trading' and he refers to an earlier post here on the subject. I think it is worth noting that I drew attention to a dodgy-looking assemblage of 'Luristan' bronzes that Nafertiti had been trading as well as they were A source of the shabtis I christened (wrongly) wenneb shabtis which I certainly think would be worth following up to find out more links of these traders to the UK and northwestern continental Europe.

St Hilaire has found out that:
There is information to suggest that Ayman Ramadan may go by the name of Ayman Libzo. A Facebook profile bearing the name Ayman Libzo describes this named individual as the owner and president of Nafertiti Sculptures Trading L.L.C. It also lists Dubai as the place where this individual lives.
(The facebook page is illustrated by a photo of a young child rather than a 39 year old Jordanian adult.) St Hilaire finds that "Nafertiti Eastern Sculptures Trading" has disappeared (in fact it disappeared and the items I referred to vanished from the internet shortly after my post on the topic - but this was also the time when the US authorities were beginning to get their teeth into this alleged ring).
There is information on a web page, nevertheless, that an “Ayman Libzo for Ancient Antiquity” existed. What remains of the now inactive and sparsely archived web page, copyrighted 2008, is a ‘browse catalog” link, a generic Dubai business location, and a Dubai-based cell phone number. The catalog link is inaccessible. The other information listed on the web page states that the company is part of the Trocadero network, which is a fine arts and antiques online selling platform. The Ayman Libzo for Ancient Antiquity web site once bore the web address of, as suggested by archived internet records.

There apparently was also an online store bearing the name “Ayman Libzo for Ancient Antiquity” at one time. It was likely located on, the Spanish eBay. That page does not exist today and is not archived. It was referenced, however, in an eBay “arqueologia y falsificaciones” (archaeology and forgery) discussion group during a 2008 conversation about Egyptian artifacts.
Now that is awfully embarrassing for Trocadero ("Authentic antiques and art offered by credible American, European and Asian antiques dealers on one online mall").

PS I am not sure about the spelling of the firm's name; everybody likes highlighting the 'a', I am sure I saw it with an 'e' when the firm was active, though could have been mistaken.

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