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article imageMuseum that sold Sekhemka statue loses funding

By Tim Sandle     Aug 1, 2014 in Entertainment
Nottingham - A U.K. museum has lost its accreditation status after a controversial sale of a 4,000-year-old Egyptian statue to a private collector.
As Digital Journal reported, a 4,000-year-old Egyptian statue was sold for £15.76 million ($27 million) at Christie's of London. The artifact was sold by Northampton Borough Council. The sale caused some controversy.
The statue dated back to the Old Kingdom, Late Dynasty 5,circa 2400–2300 B.C. It depicts a man called Sekhemka, who was the Inspector of the scribes of the royal court. The sculpture was originally acquired by the 2nd Marquess of Northampton during his travels in Egypt in 1849. It was given to the Northampton Museum by the 3rd Marquess of Northampton around 1880.
Northampton Borough Council auctioned the Sekhemka limestone statue to help fund an extension to Northampton Museum and Art Gallery. The sale led to a series of protests. At the time, Egyptian Ambassador Ahsraf Elkholy condemned the sale as an "an abuse to the Egyptian archaeology".
Now, the Arts Council England ruled the sale breached the accredited standards for how museums manage their collections. According to the BBC, Scott Furlong, from the Arts Council, said: "It is always hugely regrettable when we have to exclude a museum from the Accreditation Scheme. However, it is equally important that we are robust in upholding the standards and principles which underpin the scheme and are shared by the vast majority of museums."
This means that Northampton Museum and Art Gallery has been removed from the Arts Council Accreditation Scheme with immediate effect and excluded from future participation until at least August 2019.
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