Tuesday, 22 December 2015

More Muddled Museums

This is getting to be pretty routine, four years after the public phase of the investigations began, yet another museum is "surprised" to find it had acquired artefacts from a dealer accused of dodgy activities, this one in Canada (Murray Whyte, 'ROM artifacts part of investigation into looted antiquities' Toronto Star, Tue Dec 22 2015):
Two objects in the Royal Ontario Museum collection were acquired from an antiquities dealer suspected by U.S. authorities of smuggling.
Such is the muddle in their paperwork that they cannot find out how much they paid for an object bought in 2006. Time for museums to clean up their act. Scandalous.

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