Tag Archives: statue

UK Customs seizure of looted Libyan statue

Posted on: October 22, 2015 by Janet Ulph

A dispute over a highly attractive marble statue sparked headlines in the national press in early September 2015. It had been seized by Customs officers and kept in the British Museum for safekeeping during the legal proceedings. The District Judge, John Zani, had examined the statue there before coming to a decision that it had been […]

Will Sekhemka remain in the UK?

Posted on: August 12, 2015 by Alexander Herman

The famous Sekhemka statue is in the news again. This is the Egyptian Old Kingdom sculpture thought to represent a court official that had once been in the possession of Northampton Borough Council and displayed at the Northampton Museum. The statue sold at auction last year for £15.76 million, but not before garnering controversy on a number […]

Old Flo is here to stay… in Tower Hamlets, that is

Posted on: July 9, 2015 by Alexander Herman

Judgment was handed down yesterday in an important case involving a Henry Moore sculpture (Draped Seated Woman) lovingly known as ‘Old Flo’. The sculpture, bought from the artist by London County Council in 1962 to be publicly displayed in the city’s East End, has been at the centre of a dispute between two London boroughs: […]

Canada returns Khajuraho sculpture to India

Posted on: April 29, 2015 by Alexander Herman

Earlier this month, it was reported that Canada was returning a 900-year-old sandstone statue to India. This was done with all the necessary pomp and ceremony, with each nation’s prime minister more than ready for a dual photo op with the piece. Of course it represented much more than mere cultural restitution: as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated, cultural relations between […]

Reactions to loan of Parthenon statue

Posted on: December 11, 2014 by Alexander Herman

It was a front page story in The Times of London last Friday. It was on the front page of the New York Times the next day. But generally, how has the reaction been to the trustees of the British Museum loaning the statue of river god Ilissus to the Hermitage in St Petersburg? To say the least, it caught […]

Gormley’s Angel of the North Tarnished by Morrison’s Ad

Posted on: May 7, 2014 by Alexander Herman

British sculptor Antony Gormley’s famous Angel of the North statue, which spans its wings high above the A1 motorway in Tyne and Wear, England, has been used by supermarket chain Morrison’s to project an advert featuring a loaf of bread. The advert, meant to advertise the troubled company’s most recent price cutting campaign, was projected […]