dpa ) - The original drawings of controversial cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed that sparked violent protests in 2006 may find a home in the Danish Royal Library archives.
Library spokeswoman Jytte Kjaergaard said Thursday the library was in talks with artists who produced the 12 cartoons published by the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten in September 2005, and subsequently sparked protests in several Muslim countries and triggered boycotts of Danish goods.
"Our task is to save material for posterity, for the benefit of researchers," Kjaergaard told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa in a telephone interview.
The library had no plans to put the drawings on display, she said, adding that final word from the artists was pending and that one artist had already sold a cartoon to a private collector.
The library had a "small budget" to buy interesting material, but mostly relied on donations, she added.
Other institutions might in future be allowed to have the drawings on loan, but decisions would hinge on security and insurance issues, she said.
In addition, she noted that images of the 12 cartoons were available on the internet.
The Royal Library has since 1697 collected books, newspapers and other printed material of relevance to Danish history and society.
Four times a year, the Royal Library also trawls the internet and downloads material from Danish-based websites with the domain name. dk , Kjaergaard said.