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  • n. An act of cultural vandalism.
  • n. Assembly of artifacts from other countries in imperial capitals.


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Blend of Elgin and -ism; coined to describe the actions of the type carried out by Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin to the Parthenon Sculptures in Athens.


  • Issue blog "Elginism," with various angles on the story, link.

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • Still, Elginism blog wrote in Lord Duveen dec 2004 that he made a huge con­t­rib­ution to the British art world in the C20th.

    Joseph Duveen, art dealer extraordinaire

  • A very interesting discussion called New law to allow return of Nazi loot can be found over at the Elginism blog.

    Stolen Art Negotiated

  • "The Culture Ministry does not encourage domestic Elginism," he said, referring to Britain's Lord Elgin, who removed marble friezes from the Parthenon more than 200 years ago.

    The Earth Times Online Newspaper


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