Author Topic: We Gave Iran an Antique as a Token of Goodwill. Only Problem? It’s Fake.  (Read 312 times)

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Didn't see this in search?

In fact .. Haven't seen it almost anywhere!

 Non playing (Obama Speeches) as a gift to the Queen of England .. which is a gift in itself, (non-playing  :beer:) ... and now this!

Bush was a bumbler?

Where's the Bush is a Bumbler MSM or butt kissing libs?

Shouldn't they be 'laughing' from the rooftops?

Sometimes an ancient artifact symbolizes more than its admirers necessarily imagine. Take for example the silver griffin that was returned by the United States to Iran as a gesture of respect and—at least according to tea-leaf readers—a sign of an emerging thaw between the two nations.

There’s only one problem: It’s a fake.

Not only is it a fake, it’s a bad fake. The saga of the griffin, from its production to its much-touted return to Iranian President Rouhani during his recent visit to New York, demonstrates how fakers of ancient art fool the gullible wealthy with the connivance of museums and scholars.

More profoundly, it shows how ancient (or not so ancient) artifacts are made to carry cultural and diplomatic weight, in this case for a deeply problematic opening in relations between the United States and Iran.

Not only is Obama a Bumbler .. He is a liar to boot!
(Of course, honest folks have known this for years!)

The administration knew it was fake ...

But when the griffin arrived in New York in 2003, one of the Iranian-Swiss dealers was arrested by the Department of Homeland Security on the charge of falsifying the object’s place of origin.

The next year he pleaded guilty to falsely stating that the griffin had originated in Syria rather than Iran and received one year of probation and a fine of $5,000. The buyer got her money back.

The artifact was seized but the market, the game, was barely disturbed.
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