Cultural Repatriation Of Art: The Stone Of Scone

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Museums worldwide face the moral dilemma of what to showcase in their collections. Some governments and citizens have questioned the legitimacy of the entitlement to some ancient artifacts that were taken during circumstances like war. Countries have requested cultural repatriation of their artistic works. Cultural repatriation is the return of cultural relics that have been taken from their homeland. Items from around the world, such as Rome, Scotland, and Africa have faced this difficult situation.

Created by Rhodian artist Agessandro, “The Laocoön and His Two Sons” is a Roman adaptation of a 200 BCE Hellenistic work (Adams 178). In the sculpture, Laocoön and his sons are being attacked by a pair of sea serpents sent by the gods. Only the portion containing Laocoön himself remained in Rome, until January 14, 1506 a farmer uncovered nine missing pieces. According to The Vatican Museum’s website, Pope Julius II immediately purchased the sculpture. However in 1799, The Commission of Arts and Sciences
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According to Historic UK, the stone is a simple oblong block of red sandstone with chisel marks apparent on its flat top. The stone was removed from Scone in 1226 by the English King Edward I and placed inside the Coronation Chair of Westminster Abbey. The stone remained in England until the 1950s when it was kidnapped by Scottish nationalists but returned to Westminster Abbey in April 1951. On November 30, 1996, the British Conservative Government agreed to return the Stone over to Edinburgh Castle, where it is housed when not used in British coronations. It was rightly returned, it should be on permanent display in Scotland because of its location of origin, its symbolism as the independence of Scotland, and its historical importance. The stone was quarried in Scone making its home Scotland. In Edinburg Castle, the Stone is now on display for tourists and locals alike to

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