Ancient Assyrian City.
2. NIMRUD NORTHERN IRAQ An Updated Analysis of What Remains of Nimrud's North West Palace of Ashurnasirpal II
As news of the Nimrud explosion video produced by Daash, ISIL, Deash, ISIS, Daaesh, Islamic State gets press time. Rearchers and journalists are beginning to comment on the missing chunks
and slices of the Assyrian reliefs seen from the video's imagery of the North-West Palace of Ashurnasirpal II. Social Media has been abuzz with speculation that these pieces may have been
removed in advance of the explosion, for sale on the illicit antiquities market. While this might partially prove to be true, it is premature to speculate on this before cross referencing and
doing so just adds to the shock and horror propaganda the militants want to demonstrate.
Sam Hardy has excellent Day One analysis of the attack on Nimrud as does Paul Barford who asks when this video was made. A new PDF report analyzing relief and object damage was published by Simone Mühlon on April 15, 2015 and can be downloaded here. Assyrian reliefs, stone slaps and epigraphic remains in the form of cuneiform texts can also be found in private and museum collections throughout the world. ARCA has listed a fairly comprehensive listing of the 76 known public collections and 6 private collections which contain material culture from this archaeological site. http://art-crime.blogspot.com/2015/04/what-remains-of-nimruds-northwest.html
Abegg Foundation, Bern
Amherst College, Amherst
Archäologisches Institut und Archäologische Sammlung der Universität Zürich, Zurich
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
Arts & Culture Centre, Memorial University
Arkeoloji Müzeleri, Istanbul
The Art Museum, Princeton University
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbay, India (formerly Victoria and Albert Museum)
Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine
The British Museum, London
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn,
Burrell Collection. Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbay, India (formerly Prince of Wales Museum of Western India)
Christ Church College, Oxford
Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk
Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati
Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit
Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge
Fleming Museum, University of Vermont
Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University
Glencairn Museum, Academy of the New Church, Bryn Athyn
Hood Museum, Dartmouth College
Idemitsu Museum of Arts, Tokyo
Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Michigan
Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles
Louvre Museum, Paris
Magdalen College, Oxford
Manchester University, Museum, Manchester
Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
M.H. De Young Museum, San Francisco
Miho Museum, Kyoto
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis
Mosul Museum, Mosul, Iraq (Condition unknown)
Middlebury College, Middlebury
Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley
Museo Civico di Archeologia Ligure, Genoa
Museo Barracco, Rome
Museo Gregoriano Egizio, Rome
Musées royaux d’Art et d’Histoire, Brussels
Musei Vaticani, Rome
Museum and Art Gallery, Bristol
Museum Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon
Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg
Museum of Art, Cleveland
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Narodowe w Warszawie, Warsaw
National Car Museum of Iran, Tehran, Iran
National Museum of Iraq, Baghdad (Condition unknown)
National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen
Oriental Institute, University of Chicago
Royal Ontario Museum of Archaeology, Toronto
Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis
Staatliches Museum Ägyptischer Kunst, Munich
State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg
Swedish National Museum, Stockholm
Tyndale House, Cambridge
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond
Virginia Protestant Episcopal Theological Seminary, Alexandria
Vorderasiatisches Museum, Berlin
Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford
Walters Art Museum, Baltimore
William Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Art, Kansas City
Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown
Weingreen Museum of Biblical Antiquities, Trinity College
Worcester Art Museum, Worcester
Yale University, New Haven
Fred Elghanayan, New York,
Collection Merrin, New York
Collection Samuel Josefowitz, Lausanne
3.. TUNIS Tunisia: Museum attack ends with death of 17 foreign tourists and 2 Tunisians at National Bardo Museum of Carthage artifacts and Roman mosaics Posted: 18 Mar 2015 08:22 AM PDT
Update: CBC News: "Tunisian PM: 17 foreign tourists, 2 Tunisians killed in attack" at the National Bardo Museum. This is also confirmed by the International Business Times and other sources
on Twitter (search #Bardoattack). Italian tourists on cruise of Mediterranean were reportedly inside the museum at the time of the attack. Radio Mosaique FM reported the death of 15 people: 13 tourists of various nationalities and two Tunisians. Leila Fadel, Cairo Bureau Chief for NPR is on the scene
The National Bardo Museum has artifacts from Carthage and a large collection of Roman mosaics. The museum's website describes its "101 masterpieces" in both French and English.
CBC has reported that "Tunisian officials say museum siege is over; 2 gunmen killed" (breaking news via CBC's mobile application for news). The Associated Press (AP) reported the death of two gunmen, a security officer, and several tourists. http://art-crime.blogspot.com/2015/03/bbc-reports-tunis-attack-gunmen-kill.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+arcablog+%28ARCAblog%29
4..Islamic State burns libraries in Iraq
Historic collections on science, culture, poetry and even children’s books are reportedly destroyed in Mosul
Hakim al-Zamili, the head of the Iraqi parliament’s Security and Defense Committee, compared Islamic State’s actions to the Medieval Mongols, who sacked Baghdad in 1258. They destroyed the great library, known as the House of Wisdom, and dumped its ancient tomes on mathematics, medicine and astronomy into the river, purportedly turning the waters black from the ink. “The only difference is that the Mongols threw the books in the Tigris River, while now [Islamic State] is burning them,” al-Zamili told AP. “Different method, but same mentality.”
Update: According to Charles E. Jones, who moderates the IraqCrisis mailing list, sources in Mosul and Baghdad have been unable to confirm the reports of the libraries being destroyed. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact IraqCrisis, or leave a comment below.
5. Sir, how much is that (2nd Century B.C.E.) Vase in the Window? Part II
- promote awareness and understanding of ancient and ethnographic art collecting through open communication with members and the public.
- support the preservation and protection of cultural objects around the globe through responsible and legal trading and collecting.
- educate and inform members on policies and laws that affects the international movement of cultural property.
- advocate and support the establishment of clear, transparent and fair laws governing acquisition, ownership and commercial disposal of artifacts.
- promote a Code of Conduct that underscores the professionalism of our members through responsible and ethical practice.
- advocate the establishment of a comprehensive digital database register within the USA to secure appropriate title to art and artifacts for museums, dealers and collectors and restore legitimacy and value to objects registered.
As a result, several American museums have been coerced into giving objects to foreign governments that have claimed them as their rightful property purely for political purposes. American collectors and art dealers as well have been forced to repeatedly defend themselves against all manner of claims by foreign governments for countless pieces of art work that have been dispersed around the globe. Increasingly, Americans have had to defend themselves in costly litigation against foreign governments who use American lawyers, US Customs, and Homeland Security, and the Press to pursue spurious claims against US citizens. At the same time these foreign nations do very little to protect their archaeological resources or stem the tide of illicit excavation on their own soil. The old paradigm of “antiquities collecting equals destruction of cultural heritage and therefore must be abolished” is naive at best and slanderous at worst.
The lesson is clear here. The best overall strategy to preserve mankind's shared global heritage is NOT to keep it all concentrated in the original source countries, but rather to widely distribute it around the world."Widely distributed" having the added benefit of also generating revenue for dealers and a source of joy for the buyer. Each doing their part to salvage history away from the ongoing conflict. But was their viewpoint a noble one? The rest of the email is listed below for the reader to decide...
Hopefully they will loot and sell them first rather than destroying them! But then we dealers would probably be charged with funding terrorism by our wonderful politically correct governments.
I have bought many ! objects of ' fetishes and gods' from Moslem Runners who have no problems selling these pieces; nor do I have in buying then.
Perhaps in jest, or perhaps by way of introduction, another dealer wrote a How-to email on how to smuggle antiquities from Egypt saying...
Hello to you all.
I would like to share with you my thought regarding how a piece you end up buying in auction like Bonhams or Christie's is actually looted.
- A poor farmer in Egypt finds it while plowing his land.
- He is scared to report it considering the hell he will go through, confiscating his land , ending up in jail , family dying from hunger etc... so he sells it to the local dealer in the village
- Local dealer sells it to the middle man in Cairo
- Middle man sells it to the big boss in Cairo.
- Big boss smuggles it to an Arabian gulf country, e.g. Qatar, Dubai (UAE), Bahrain
- Piece then shipped to a stupid European country , e.g. Portugal. sorry, stupid meaning = level of customs awareness
- Then an invoice is made from a dealer in another European country e.g. Belgium, to this Portuguese dealer for the piece, of course nobody checks, it's an EU transaction, no tax , no customs.
- Based on the Belgian invoice, the Portuguese dealer make an export license to U.S.A from ministry of culture, piece origin from Belgium, this totally cancels the fact that the piece came from the Arabian gulf.
- Item received in the U.S, no trouble, legal ,
- Item sold in auction + old European collection, legally entered to U.S , customs paid.
Several group members pointed out pieces that they found problematic on Khouli current auction events such as this listing for an Ancient Roman Egyptian Painted stucco Mummy Mask c.1st century AD and this Palmyran Limestone Head Ca. 3rd-5th century A.D. I myself notice he trades in Syrian coins, ancient glass and mummy cartonnage.
Everyone's at it, he just happened to get caught.
by Lynda Albertson