Saturday, May 14, 2011
Here's a part of the The Parthenon Marbles collection at the British Museum. Noticeably, some limbs are missing from the stone wall reliefs. This exhibit has been housed at the National Museum since the early 19th century and was more informally known as the Elgin Marbles, after Lord Elgin, a British ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, who absconded with these reliefs and sculptures from the Parthenon in Greece. However, since the 1980's the Greek government has called for the return of their missing ancient artworks. The debate is still ongoing over who is the rightful owner of these Marbles.