Monday 2 April 2012

Cremers on SLAM

I must say that I agree with Ton Cremers here:
One Response to “Cultural Heritage Lawyer Rick St. Hilaire: Ka Nefer Nefer Case Resumes After Lengthy Hiatus”- Saint Louis Art Museum – Of course the Saint louis Art Museum knows that this mask was stolen from a warehouse in Saqqara. This museum should be blacklisted, and treated like an outcast in the global museum community. It is not without reason that this museum is not a member of ICOM. The SLAM did not buy this mask in good faith, for if it did the mask would have been returned without a moment’s hesitation after it became clear that the Aboutaams manufactured a provenance. It shows bad-faith that the SLAM refuses to return the Ka Nefer Nefer mask. Ton Cremers.
I also think it is worth recalling the contribution of our Dutch colleagues, Ton Cremers, Maarten Raven (a curator at the Rijksmuseum Van Oudheden in Leiden and joint field director of the Dutch excavations in Saqqara) and Michel Van Rijn (who, nota bene was soon after forced to close his colourful website by none other than....). It was they who in 2006 alerted the world to this convoluted affair.

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