Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Mummies in Manhattan Museums

"As the importance of cultural patrimony increases, American museums will probably never again be able to acquire Greek, Roman, and Egyptian works at the rate and with the freedom they did in the late-19th and early-20th centuries, when major collections, like those of the Metropolitan Museum, were assembled.In different ways, two events in New York this month –– a sale on Thursday at Christie's, and an exhibition opening in two weeks at the Met –– offer reminders of that time, an exciting one for archaeologists, collectors, and curators, when some of the most important discoveries of Egyptian art were made."

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