Saturday, May 26, 2007

Too frail to travel
This is an excellent and straight forward piece from Margaret Maitland's elegant Egyptology blog, which compares the refusal of Germany to allow the Nefertiti bust to travel with Egypt's own decision not to send the famous Tutankhamun golden mask on tour with the Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of Pharaohs exhibition: "Although a number of Germans are actively supporting the loan, the Berlin Museum is using the same argument that the Egyptians used for keeping Tut’s death mask from travelling—it claims that the Nefertiti bust is too fragile to travel. This could quite possibly true. However, Zahi Hawass is not convinced and is threatening to declare the bust stolen property and start legal action to have it returned to Egypt permanently."
See the above page for her complete post.

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