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The Artful Dodger

by | 19th, May 2005

‘THE British Museum is a place jam-packed with wonder.

Ug was having trouble finding the vegetarian section

It features all manner of fabulous artefacts from Briton and British history.

Over there are the famous Elgin Marbles, fashioned by Lord Elgin as he conquered Greece.

They vie for our attention with the Mummies of Melton Mowbray, the remains of Britons ancient kings and Queens.

And no visit can be complete without a look at the bronze head of Hypnos, a statue of the British personification of sleep.

And what’s this? Why, it’s a new piece. Rightly, the Telegraph features it on its front page.

To our mind it looks like an old rock painting, perhaps one carved in the famous Hackney Caves and then carefully hacked off with a large chisel and removed to this bastion of human endeavour.

It’s hard not to marvel at the etching of prehistoric man taking his shopping trolley to the meat counter, where cuts of fresh bison and tiger gambol over the Hackney Marshes.

Over several days, many people came and studied this rock. Some may have photographed it. School children may have been invited to draw a copy of it in their pads and write fifty words on its importance.

And then Banksy, a man thought to be one Robert Banks, an artist from Bristol, announced on his website that “Early Man Goes To Market” was not as it appeared. It was a fake.

The work has now been removed. And the frieze of Lord Elgin eating a kebab at Stavros’s Take-Away taken down for reassessment…’

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