Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Differing Viewpoints on the Value of Import Restrictions

The Hill has reported on the discussion surrounding China's request for U.S. import restrictions on Chinese antiquities, including ancient Chinese coins (K. Bogardus, "Coin Collectors, Art Dealers Fear Restrictions on Chinese Imports," 27 May 2008). The article addresses the controversy raised by collectors and dealers, alleged diplomatic concerns intertwined with proposed legislation, and the endorsement of import restrictions as useful protective measures by archaeological professional groups and SAFE, a public advocacy group.

Image: Chinese Coin of the Western Han dynasty, 73-47 BC, in the collection of the British Museum.