The New York Times has reported that Italian President Giorgio Napolitano has presented Greek authorities with a small piece of sculpture from the Parthenon that had been kept in a museum in Palermo, Sicily, for the past 200 years. For more, see: http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/world/AP-EU-Greece-Italy-Parthenon.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=Italy%20returns%20Parthenon%20&st=cse&oref=slogin
The piece in question is a 14-by-13-inch foot from a sculpture of Artemis, ancient goddess of the hunt, that was originally a part of a 520-foot frieze that ran round the temple.
Despite the hopeful claims of the Greek President, I find it doubtful that the British will consider the return of this fragment and others like it as much of a "precedent" for the repatriation of the Elgin Marbles from the British Museum.
What I find somewhat puzzling is that the the fragment is apparently not being given outright, but rather is said to be on a "permanent loan." Perhaps, this was done to avoid some Italian or Greek legal provision relating to deaccession or taxes.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Italy Repatriates Parthenon Piece to Greece
Posted by Cultural Property Observer at 6:26 PM
Labels: British Museum, Greece, Parthenon, Repatriation
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