Friday, 24 May 2013

The 1970 UNESCO Convention for Slow Learners

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There seem to be some misapprehensions developing about what the 1970 UNESCO Convention involves. US antiquity collectors in particular seem to have problems getting their heads around what issues it actually deals with, the title is too long for them maybe. I have urged one of them to re-read it and suggested it might help them understand what it is about to substitute the word "cats" for cultural property and the word "unlicensed kitten farms" for the word "pillage" in Art. 9 and make a few other congruent adjustments to the wording. This should allow even the slowest learner to work out that it is a Convention which regulates movement of objects between countries and not about unlicensed kitten farms, nor is it about documenting their pedigrees. Have a look at the "Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cats". Miaow.

Vignette: even a cat would understand it, so why can't US antiquity collectors?

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