Thursday, April 2, 2015
|Elgin Marble Horse, Nancy Charak photographer c. 2004.|
Clearly the Elgin Marbles are the crown jewels of any visit to the British Museum. They were removed from the Acropolis between 1801 to 1812, installed in the museum in 1817. From the museum's website:
The museum's statement is as follows [which translates to "we're not giving them back."]
"The British Museum tells the story of cultural achievement throughout the world, from the dawn of human history over two million years ago until the present day. The Parthenon Sculptures are a significant part of that story. The Museum is a unique resource for the world: the breadth and depth of its collection allows a world-wide public to re-examine cultural identities and explore the complex network of interconnected human cultures. The Trustees lend extensively all over the world and over two million objects from the collection are available to study online. The Parthenon Sculptures are a vital element in this interconnected world collection. They are a part of the world’s shared heritage and transcend political boundaries."