Too fragile

And besides, possession is nine-tenths of the law. Or of the lack of law, as the case may be.

Berlin’s own 3,300-year-old bust of Queen Nefertiti – a tourist attraction some claim to have been whisked away from Egypt with fraudulent documents way back when – won’t be “loaned” to Egypt anytime soon. At least not if Germany has anything to say about it.

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle – a famed Egyptologist too, I think – says that Egyptian requests for the bust are unrealistic because, well, it’s simply too fragile to move. At least in the direction of Egypt it is.

Egypt is campaigning to retrieve thousands of antiquities spirited out during Egypt’s colonial period and afterward.