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“Tapestry Tom” Campbell, latest director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, has just announced the latest fruits of its antiquities loan agreement with the government of Italy — a display of twenty silver objects found near Pompeii. “The presentation of these splendid works in New York, where they will be viewed by millions of visitors over the next four years, will deepen the public’s knowledge and appreciation of ancient art, and will contribute immeasurably to their understanding of its significance,” Campbell said. As is usual with the museum, its head did not explain how they got here, or mention the agreement made under duress by his predecessor that brought this bounty to New York. For that, Gripebox respectfully refers you to Rogues Gallery, where the cultural crimes that underlay the collaboration are revealed. (Image of the Moregine Silver from artdaily.org)