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“Transfers of Good Faith”: Two Years Post-Sarr Savoy Report and European Repatriation of Colonial Artifacts

By Kelley Tackett.  On December 17, 2020, French legislators passed an unprecedented bill pertaining to the permanent return of objects violently looted from Benin during...

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The Sarr-Savoy Report & Restituting Colonial Artifacts

By Clara Cassan. In 1885, The General Act that emerged from the Berlin conference read as follows: “The Signatory Powers exercising sovereign rights or authority...

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Social Media: A Smuggler’s Tool For Looted Antiquities

By Lucy Siegel. Social media allows us to connect in a matter of seconds with people all over the world, ranging from fan pages discussing...

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Repatriation of Cambodian Art Sheds Light on Antiquities Trade

An ongoing series of actions by the Cambodian government illuminates the shadowy web of the international antiquities trade.  (Federal Prosecutors File Court Papers...)  In March,...

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List price of “Cultural Heritage Law”: $465.00 [No Joke]

Such much! Some enhanced appreciation of one's own cultural heritage comes from learning about it in a new language, if not in a new book....

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Dinosaur Skeleton Returns to Mongolia

By Peninah PetruckThis May, a Tyrannosaurus Bataar skeleton, nearly complete, arrived home in Mongolia. This first ever cultural repatriation to Mongolia is the stuff of...

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Art Market Horoscope: Return of Chinese Bronzes to Shepherd New Art Market Prospects

The Summer Palace near Beijing was invaded and looted by British and French soldiers during the Second Opium War in the 19th century. The restored...

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UPDATE: Sicily Withdraws Loan of Antiquities from Cleveland Museum of Art

[caption id="attachment_2876" align="alignright" width="225"] Mozia Charioteer, 470-460 BC, part of the "Sicily: Art and Invention between Greece and Rome" exhibit canceled at the Cleveland Museum...

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Fines to Save Cultural Heritage Sites in Russia [good idea if you can do it]

Last week, Russia Beyond the Headlines ran a report about the proposed new fine structure which would strive to curb unauthorized manipulation of cultural heritage...

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From DIA To Dia: Deaccession Debate Rages on as Dia Founders Sue To Prevent Sale Of Twombly And Chamberlain Works

by Hanoch Sheps, J.D.* [caption id="attachment_3778" align="alignright" width="228"] John Chamberlain's "Candy Andy" (1963)[/caption] In a complaint filed last week on November 7, the founders of...

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