The list author says: "Who owns antiquity? That's a question art historians, collectors, and museums are asking themselves. Do the Elgin Marbles belong in the British Museum, or at the Parthenon? Is the rightful home of the Rosetta Stone in Egypt, or in the Louvre, where Napoleon wanted it, or in the British Museum, where it is housed. How about the treasures plundered from the Iraqi Museum during the war? Did Howard Carter do the Egyptians wrong when he opened the tombs in the Valley of the Kings? How about the Taliban destruction of Buddhist statues? Egypt's Director of Antiquities said in 2003, the 250th anniversary of the British acquisition of the Rosetta Stone: "If the British want to be remembered, if they want to restore their reputation, they should volunteer to return the Rosetta Stone because it is the icon of our Egyptian identity"."
"This is a troubling subject for large metropolitan museums like the Getty and Metropolitan Museum of Art. Native countries are demanding the return of objets d'art which they say were wrongfully removed from their homeland."
"The Rosetta Stone was discovered by a French soldier during Napoleon's invasion of Egypt in 1799. The British defeated the French in the Napoleonic Wars and recovered the Rosetta Stone, which they placed in the British Museum.A Frenchman deciphered it. Now the E gyptians want it back, calling it the centerpiece of their cultural heritage."
"One of the great storehouses of decorative arts. The "V&A" contains thousands of pieces of jewelry, metalwork, furnishings, fabrics and just about everything else you can think of ...probably including the Kitchen Sink."