The Egyptian Sekhemka statue (2,400-2,300bce)
 
Breaking news: The Northampton Chronicle and Echo reports today that -
 
The process leading to the multi-million pound sale of an Egyptian statue by Northampton Borough Council contravened museum accreditation standards, Arts Council England has ruled today. As a result of the £16 million Sekhemka sale in London last month, the two museums managed by Northampton Borough Council, Northampton Museum and Art Gallery and Abington Park Museum, have been removed from the Arts Council’s Accreditation Scheme, effective as of today.
 
Full article here. See also Mike Pitts’ feature here and our earlier feature here.