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Sale of the Sekhemka Statue Currently in Northampton Museum
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2016 4:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

neseret wrote:
... Truly, a tragedy.

And even more so when you read what the new owner will do with the statue...
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"... Sekem is the name of one of the minor characters in the Book of Abraham, one of the lesser-known components of the LDS scriptures, and although the Egyptian statue is not believed to be the character mentioned in that Book, the inscription in unreformed Egyptian on the statue will be used as proof that this was a real name in the past. As such in the project's design, the statue of Sekheket will have a prominent place in the new museum, it will be sited at eye-level and lit with multicoloured strobe lighting to make it "seem more alive". Hidden speakers which will be mounted in the figure's chest will emit a recorded message by Mr Smith welcome visitors to the display of his collection.

Mr Smith released a statement today expressing his satisfaction that the British export restriction on the statue has been lifted and the sculpture will at last be coming to take its place in the new museum, "God has in this way made manifest His approval of our activities. I take this as a sign that the Lord has chosen me to help spread His word".

"Sekhemka to go to US Museum After All?" (Paul Barford`Blog, 01.04.2016)

One is inclined to hope that this is an april fool. Shocked

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2016 8:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lutz wrote:
neseret wrote:
... Truly, a tragedy.

And even more so when you read what the new owner will do with the statue...
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"... Sekem is the name of one of the minor characters in the Book of Abraham, one of the lesser-known components of the LDS scriptures, and although the Egyptian statue is not believed to be the character mentioned in that Book, the inscription in unreformed Egyptian on the statue will be used as proof that this was a real name in the past. As such in the project's design, the statue of Sekheket will have a prominent place in the new museum, it will be sited at eye-level and lit with multicoloured strobe lighting to make it "seem more alive". Hidden speakers which will be mounted in the figure's chest will emit a recorded message by Mr Smith welcome visitors to the display of his collection.

Mr Smith released a statement today expressing his satisfaction that the British export restriction on the statue has been lifted and the sculpture will at last be coming to take its place in the new museum, "God has in this way made manifest His approval of our activities. I take this as a sign that the Lord has chosen me to help spread His word".

"Sekhemka to go to US Museum After All?" (Paul Barford`Blog, 01.04.2016)

One is inclined to hope that this is an april fool. Shocked


As Barford noted in reply to your query on his blog, it's not a joke and he noted that former Northampton Borough Council President Mackintosh, the instigator of the sale, and now a newly elected MP for Northampton, was recently involved in a Mormon soiree in the area - which Barford implies is a possibly "payback" for the Sekhemka sale. I could believe that, after meeting Mackintosh in person.

There is an additional update here.

This whole situation, as you can see, has devolved into something of a scandal here in the UK (how the sale was brokered, who actually benefitted from the sale, shady tax dealings, etc.), and yet the Department of Culture and Media are making no move to restrain the removal of the statue (which, to be fair, was likely purchased in good faith). The government has been distinctly passive about the whole thing, all the while mewling how the statue should remain in the UK.

I suspect, if the American owner applies for export licence, he/she will get it, and then that is the last anyone will see of the statue - until it comes to market again.

If Barford's story is at all true (about it being used to prove the "authenticity" of the Book of Mormon, for example), it will be one of the greatest misuses of archaeological artefacts I've seen in quite awhile.

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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2016 9:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Ancient Egyptian Statue of Sekhemka Disappears into Private Collection in 'Moral Crime Against World Heritage'" (The Independent - Ian Johnston, Monday 9 May 2016)

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"Campaigners call for an end to anonymous auction house sales of art after Panama Papers expose 'unethical and anonymous trade in high-end antiquities for tax purposes or money laundering'

An Ancient Egyptian statue described as an “irreplaceable masterpiece” has now probably left the UK after its sale for nearly £16m by a British museum to a mysterious private collector, campaigners have said.

The Government had put an export ban on the 4,500-year-old statue of Sekhemka, amid attempts in Egypt to crowdfund enough money to buy it.

Campaigners in the UK and the Egyptian antiquities minister Mamdouh al-Damaty were appalled that the statue would no longer be on public display, with Mr Damaty describing its sale by Northampton Borough Council as “a moral crime against world heritage”. ...

... “It is regrettable that during this time we have found no official support for our campaign from the great national museums and that the impartial condemnation of Northampton Borough Council by Arts Council England and the Museums Association made no impression.”

It has been rumoured to have been sold to either a private American or Qatari collector.

Arts Council England has stripped Northampton Museum of its accreditation status until at least 2019, meaning it is no longer eligible for a string of public grants and other funding, because the sale breached conditions covering the disposal of historic artefacts. ..."

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PostPosted: Fri May 13, 2016 3:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lutz wrote:
"Ancient Egyptian Statue of Sekhemka Disappears into Private Collection in 'Moral Crime Against World Heritage'" (The Independent - Ian Johnston, Monday 9 May 2016)

Quote:
"Campaigners call for an end to anonymous auction house sales of art after Panama Papers expose 'unethical and anonymous trade in high-end antiquities for tax purposes or money laundering'

An Ancient Egyptian statue described as an “irreplaceable masterpiece” has now probably left the UK after its sale for nearly £16m by a British museum to a mysterious private collector, campaigners have said.

The Government had put an export ban on the 4,500-year-old statue of Sekhemka, amid attempts in Egypt to crowdfund enough money to buy it.

Campaigners in the UK and the Egyptian antiquities minister Mamdouh al-Damaty were appalled that the statue would no longer be on public display, with Mr Damaty describing its sale by Northampton Borough Council as “a moral crime against world heritage”. ...

... “It is regrettable that during this time we have found no official support for our campaign from the great national museums and that the impartial condemnation of Northampton Borough Council by Arts Council England and the Museums Association made no impression.”

It has been rumoured to have been sold to either a private American or Qatari collector.

Arts Council England has stripped Northampton Museum of its accreditation status until at least 2019, meaning it is no longer eligible for a string of public grants and other funding, because the sale breached conditions covering the disposal of historic artefacts. ..."



Further articles on the subject (as the Save Sekhemka Group placed in Facebook the other day, in light of their eventual dissolution) confirmed that the buyer was a US collector. Rumours abound about LDS and/or Freemason connections - all unproven.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 15, 2016 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Northampton Council Sekhemka statue 'now in US' [BBC]

Quote: Last week BBC News revealed how the council, which made £8m from the sale, had been warned by lawyers not to sell it for "financial motives".

A real travesty.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2016 10:39 pm    Post subject: When one starts... Reply with quote

When one starts...

"Antiquities ministry trying to stop sale of Egyptian artefacts at New York auction" (Ahram Online - Nevine El-Aref, 21.10.2016)
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"... The Egyptian antiquities ministry is trying to prevent the sale of Egyptian artefacts by Toledo Museum of Art at Christies in New York next week.

To benefit its acquisitions fund, the Ohio-based museum has put up for auction a collection of 64 works. ..."


"Art expert slams Toledo museum on sale of antiquities" (The Blade - Wynne Everett and Jane Schmucker, 24.10.2016)
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"Joan Connelly, a renowned art expert, nationally known archaeologist, professor, and winner of the MacArthur Foundation Genius Award, has strongly criticized the Toledo Museum of Art’s auction of nearly 70 antiquities originally from Egypt and other countries.

Ms. Connelly, a Toledo native and professor of classics and art history at New York University, said she felt sick to her stomach when she learned of the sale. Viewing items such as these antiquities at the Toledo Museum of Art is what inspired her to become an archaeologist, she said. ..."


"Controversial auctioning of artifacts ends" (The Blade - Roberta Gedert, 27.10.2016)
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"The Toledo Museum of Art has generated more than $950,000 to acquire new pieces for its collection, after the controversial sales of 66 artifacts that have not been displayed in the Toledo institution for decades.

The live auction Tuesday of 23 antiquities, and the online sale Wednesday of another 43 pieces, have netted a total hammer price of $967,700, according to figures released by Christie’s Auction House. ..."


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