Sunday, 6 September 2015

Canada returns seized Phoenician artifact to Lebanon

Canada has returned a sixth century BC Phoenician red-and-black glass pendant of a bearded man's head to Lebanon, a decade after its seizure from an antiquities dealer in Montreal. A Federal Court judge finally ruled in May this year that the pendant should be returned to the government of Lebanon, its country of origin.
The glass pendant was taken from Allan Anawati, owner of Medusa Ancient Art Inc. in Montreal, by border officers on Nov. 27, 2006. [...] Anawati declined to challenge the application.  "In light of the low value of the pendant, legal fees would not justify further efforts toward this dispute," Anawati said in an email to CBC News, declining further comment.
Medusa Ancient Art, Inc. is a member of the C.I.N.O.A. Confédération Internationale des Négociants en Oeuvres d'Art, the A.A.D.L.A. Art and Antique Dealers League of America, and Sue Huffmann's ADCAEA. Perhaps they should have helped their member with the legal fees, to defend the good name of the organizations which are cited as a 'guarantee' of watertight business practices. Or was there a problem with the documentation of legal export of this item? In which case, what is an ADCAEA business doing with such a thing in their stock?

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