Browsing All Posts filed under »Patrimony Laws«

Sale of First Nations Family Masks is Cause for Concern

January 24, 2013


Two cedar masks considered sacred to a Hupacasath family have recently been sold to an unknown collector. The colorful masks, known as hinkeets, had been passed down maternal lines of the family for over a century before being sold by Seahawk Auctions of Vancouver. The masks were taken to the action house by the very […]

More (Allegedly) Stolen Art at Sotheby’s

August 24, 2012


There is yet another piece of allegedly stolen art gracing the pages of Sotheby’s 2011 catalog. Prosecutors have recently filed suit against Sotheby’s over a 1,000 year old statute of a Hindu warrior, according to a recent article in The New York Times. The documents claim that Sotheby’s knew the sculpture “was an important piece […]

Cultural Property Law on May 17, 2010: Three Picassos, Four Executions, and 14,000 Polaroids

May 17, 2010


As I prepare to go to Italy for the summer to take part in the Association of Research Into Crimes Against Art Masters Program in International Art Crime, updating the blog has fallen a bit by the wayside.  But the cultural property law world has hardly stopped turning.  In the news recently: Following an attempted […]

The Elgin Marbles, the Bust of Nefertiti, the Euphronios Krater, and the Rosetta Stone: Who Owns What?

May 11, 2010


As I typed in my rather unimaginative title to this post (I’m exhausted from traveling today, and its the best I could do), I thought about how I’d like to see that dogs playing poker painting redone to have all of these items in it.  You know, playing poker. The New York Times recently printed […]

Gerstenblith Writes on Western Recognition of National Patrimony Laws

March 8, 2010


Patty Gerstenblith, knower of all things knowable in cultural property law and professor at DePaul University College of Law, has published an academic paper titled, “Schultz and Barakat: Universal Recognition of National Ownership of Antiquities,” in the Art Antiquity and Law journal.  The article focuses on the Schultz and Barakat cases, parallel decisions where U.S. […]

More to Mughal Than Meets the Eye

January 22, 2009


In keeping with our recent theme of manuscript theft, an Australian woman was caught trying to smuggle pages torn from a Mughal manuscript out of Egypt  (Notably, the majority of pages stolen by Farhad Hakimzadeh, the manuscript thief discussed on this here blog, were from Mughal manuscripts.) The Mughal Empire was an Islamic imperial power […]

Is lawful retention of colonially acquired artifacts on par with looting?

December 8, 2008


At least under the current legal framework, looting is unlawful. Retention of artifacts procured in times of imperialism is not.

Fascism or Imperialism: It’s a two party system for archaeologists.

August 14, 2008


Today on CultureKiosque, intellectual property lawyer Alan Behr reviewed James Cuno’s recent book Who Owns Antiquity? In his book, Cuno points out that nationalistic patrimony laws do not necessarily hand cultural artifacts over to the descendants of the creator cultures.  In The Ethical Trade of Cultural Property, I argue that the implication of this fact […]


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