Art And Cultural Policy Of Bronze Animal Heads From Old Summer Palace

1283 Words Mar 9th, 2016 null Page
If someone steal something from your home and seal to other people or just keeps it in his house and attracts other people come to visit, how do you feel? If this situation truly happen to you. Actually, this kinds of situation happens to lots of countries frequently. For instance, the 12 original bronze animal heads from Old Summer Palace in China were robbed at about 1860, and some of them sold at auction since 1980 in New York. According to a researcher who focus on art and cultural policy, “The usual restitution case involves a non-United States citizen (or typically, one’s ancestors) who has had priceless artwork or antiquities stolen, usually due to wartime looting” (Michaels 22-35). Each time these news of bronze animal heads were sold, made people think this controversial question: selling works of art and antiques that rob or steal from other countries moral or not. Besides the feeling about moral, not only antiques and cultural relics have significance for people from owner countries to learn from their ancestors and prevent cultural dislocation, but also for restrains black market of antiques. Thus, from the culture continuity and preservation of cultural relics level, antiques that rob, steal or buy from black market from other countries should be return to the owner countries. Also each country should cooperate and help each other returns antiques to original countries. Antiques and cultures relics are especially important for the people of original…

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