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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
Egyptologists and forgers have been battling for over a century: the
connoisseur’s eye vs. the ingenuity of the "artists" and their impressive
creations, some considered authentic for decades before being withdrawn from
major collections. A market for Egyptian artifacts has existed since the
Phoenicians, but it gathered strength through the nineteenth century when
museums sprung up, archaeological digs revealed ever-greater treasures, and
tourism flourished, bringing numerous collectors in their wake. Jean-Jacques
Fiechter introduces us to a series of colorful individuals and illicit deals
set against a backdrop of golden sands and sinister backrooms. He retells the
stories of "masterpieces" that found their way into the collections of the
Louvre, Metropolitan Museum, and British Museum—and discusses how forgers plied
their trade, while also retracing the pioneering inquiries led by the first