The bottom line is that current laws on the trade of antiquities are insufficient, allowing the looting of culturally significant property to continue.
The museum forgets that it is already a violent graveyard of colonial-era cultural trophies removed from their homelands under dubious circumstances.
We need to make it clear to our museums that we do not want to walk around in galleries of stolen artworks.
Also, a work by Paolo Uccello, sold in a Sotheby’s sale this July for $3.1 million, was revealed to be looted by Nazis.
The appearance of a stolen sacred shield at a Paris auction house prompted a New Mexico Senator to propose the STOP Act, which would ban the trafficking of certain cultural items outside the United States.
The publication of Felwine Sarr and Benedicte Savoy’s report recommending the restitution of stolen African objects and the approach of what is called a “migrant caravan” toward the US is not a coincidence.