David Gill with five extremely thought-provoking texts on the Sekhemka sale. well worth a read:
"Our history is not for sale": protest over Egyptian statue.
and one I especially welcome as it's a question I was on the point of putting to him as somebody who follows this closely: Reflecting on the price received by Sekhemka
The total for all Egyptian lots from 1998 to 2013 is just over $77 million (with over $383 million) for antiquities. The highest year for Egyptian lots was in 2010 with a total value of over $12 million. So a single statue selling for the equivalent of $27 million is a third of the total sales of Egyptian antiquities during a 16 year period.
Implications of the Sekhemka Sale
will this lead to the future isolation of the Northampton Museum and Art Gallery? And what will be the implications for potential donations and bequests not just to Northampton, but to every single museum in the UK?
and finally (?) Northampton Borough Council issue a statement over the sale of Sekhemka
If accreditation is suspended it probably means that the museum development project will have to be halted and the sale of Sekhemka will have been for nothing. And the residents of Northampton will have missed out twice over.
|Photo Mike Pitts (detail)|
The second thing I'd not really looked at Sitmerit. The representation of Sekhemet shows him as an idealised youngish man, as was the norm in Egyptian funerary and commemorative sculpture. His wife however has the same physiognomy as many of the young ladies one can see in Upper Egypt today. This has more the appearance of a believable portrait of a real person.