The Rosetta Stone, 196 BC, British Museum
I guess maybe I was wrong when I indicated that the British Museum is reluctant to lend the Rosetta Stone to Egypt, for fear that it may never come back.
In the third part of Richard Lacayo‘s interview with the director of the British Museum, published in the Time art critic’s Looking Around blog, Neil MacGregor said:
The Egyptians have never questioned the [British Museum] Trustees’ ownership of the Stone. The Trustees have received a letter from the Egyptians asking the museum to lend the Stone for a number of months. So it’s a perfectly ordinary loan request, of exactly the sort that has never been received for the Parthenon sculptures. The Egyptians have started from the position that legal title is absolutely clear and that they want to borrow it like anything else and then return it.
It would appear that MacGregor hasn’t been watching Al Jazeera lately.