War, Looting and Repatriation Peabody Essex Museum returns artwork in cooperation with Department of Homeland Security case April 4, 2015April 10, 2017 Chelsea Levine 5 Comments Acquisition, Art, Fraud, Homeland Security, India, Nepal, Peabody
5 thoughts on “Peabody Essex Museum returns artwork in cooperation with Department of Homeland Security case”
It’s nice to see that the PEM is cooperating to sort matters out in this situation.
I think the fact that the museum is ha dung the work over for the invedtigation shows how ethical they are. It must be so hard knowing that you could end up losing the piece that you paid money for!
I think that it is really generous of PEM to return the piece of art. I would hope that HSI would be compensating them in some way for the artwork. Museums are a declining business and only people hoping to view artwork and pieces of history are losing when museums can’t afford to keep their doors open anymore.
It sounds like PEM got caught with their hands in the cookie jar. From the way this article is written PEM may have more than one illegal item in their collection.
I’m happy that the museum is working to return the stolen work, and to aid in the investigation of the other artifacts in the collection. It shows the integrity of the institution by trying to maintain an honest collection of legally acquired pieces.