Turkey is heading for a showdown with some of the biggest museums in the world, as refuses to expose loans for antique claims, according to the British newspaper The Art Newspaper.
Turkey had previously been reported refused to leave objects to museums in Britain and the United States until the dispute over antiquities was resolved. Among the exposures that have been affected is the project on the Uluburun ship from the British Museum, the oldest recovered shipwreck in the world.
Dating from the fourteenth century BC, it was discovered (along with its cosmopolitan burden) in 1982, six miles off the southwestern Turkish coast. It was put on display twelve years ago at the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archeology. The Turkish Ministry of Culture does not want to commenton the subject for now.
European museums that are also in the spotlight include the Louvre, the Pergamon Museum in Berlin, the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
In the United States there are claims filed against the Metropolitan Museum of Art, J. Paul Getty Museum, Museum of Art and Dumbarton Oaks. Previously, the Turkish government contacted the Getty, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Dumbarton Oaks University Collection and Research Library to present evidence that objects in their collections may have been illegally excavated from archaeological sites in the countryThe Los Angeles Times reported Saturday.
It has been threatened by end all loans to these institutions until they respond to claims. From the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Turkey claims 18 objects, all of them donated by the New York collector Herbert Schimmel in 1989. From the Louvre, Turkey claims a set of 1577 tiles from the mausoleum of Selim II in Hagia Sophia in Istanbulreports The Art Newspaper.
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