Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Ka Nefer Nefer: Time to go back to the beginning

If not in the Musées d’art et d'histoire in Geneva as the documentation in SLAM has claimed, Where was Ka Nefer Nefer displayed in Geneva? (David Gill, Looting Matters, Tuesday, September 9, 2014). The failure of SLAM to even check where it was at the time of doing their due diligence certainly raises a few questions and eyebrows. SLAM owes it to all those people who donated money in good faith to purchase this item to release all the documentation on the basis of which they concluded before purchase that it was free of any encumbrances, legal and moral, and documentation they subsequently accumulated to confirm that (including the apparently missing files from 1999 which finally - after purchase - led them to realising the item was from a recent official excavation in Sakkara and the inscription had been scratched off). They cannot go on ignoring the glaring discrepancies in their reconstructed collecting history for ever, the sooner they provide the full evidence on which they based and verified it, the better. After all, what have they got to hide?

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