A Gift the Louvre
Dr. Christiane Desroches Noblecourt, one the greatest scholars of Egyptology, of this and the 20th century, describes in her 1992 memoirs : " La Grande Nubiade" ," Comment une oeuvre d’art entre au Louvre", or " How an art object enters the Louvre". "Il est necessaire de le faire d’abord analyzer au laboratoire des Musees nationaux, pour reunir sur lui le maximum de preuves " materielles " de son authenticite " Translated : " It is necessary first to have it analyzed at the laboratory of the National Museums, in order to collect all pertinent " material " data on its authenticity ".
Dr. Noblecourt accepted on behalf of the French Government, a standing princess, in pink limestone from the Mansoor Collection, to honor the memory of the late Dr. Etienne Drioton and exhibited the item in the Louvre.
When Dr. Noblecourt retired, her successor Dr. Christiane Ziegler, removed the artifact from exhibit. When contacted, she claimed that the Louvre had too many artifacts and could not possibly exhibit all of them. Following the same reasoning, why did Dr. Noblecourt accept the artifact in the first place. Granted that the Louvre has many artifacts, but this is such a rare piece, we think any Museum would be only too happy to exhibit it. A more plausible explanation is that the object was removed due to (her) peer pressure. We asked Dr. Ziegler, if the object would be re-exhibited after a short rotation. We got no response. We then asked for the return of the gift and she did not respond either. It is a shame that Dr. Ziegler listens to gossip, instead of the scientists of the National Museums of France !
See Chapter # 31,< http://www.mansooramarnacollection.com/scandal/chapter31.html >
Posted April 2004.
Please contact Dr. Ziegler, if you wish to find out the fate of the Mansoor artifact, listed in the Louvre as No.E27215. Her email address is < firstname.lastname@example.org> Ask her to return it to us, if she does not believe it is ancient. We would appreciate a copy of her response, if you ever get one.