Cultural Property Law on October 20, 2010: Marion True, Indonesian Dance, and a Wayward Greek God

Posted on October 20, 2010


This week, in the wild, wonderful world of cultural property:

  • The statute of limitations has run on the prosecution of Marion True, after five years of hearings and testimony that Ms. True had knowingly bought ancient artifacts of dubious provenance for the Getty Museum collection;
  • Nazi records and photographs of the looting of more than 20,000 individual art objects from Jews in France and Belgium are now online in a searchable database, showing that at least half the objects have not been restituted to their original owners;
  • Adam Gopnik, writer for the New Yorker, argues against Joan Breton Connelley that the Elgin Marbles should stay in England;
  • The Carabinieri recovered a statue of Zeus stolen from the Norwegian Institute in 2002 and tracked down to a London antiques dealer (hat tip: Gill); and
  • Following up on my recent fixation on intangible cultural heritage, the Indonesian Acehnese Saman dance is set for recognition as intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO.