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Greece exhibits artifacts returned by Getty March 31, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Archaeology Greece.

Greece displayed two ancient artifacts Thursday that had been returned from the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. The artifacts are currently on display at the National Arcaeological Museum in Athens.

greek_wreath.jpg  Visitors admiring the ancient Greek wreath

The Getty returned back a 4th century BC gold funerary wreath believed to come from Macedonia and a 6th century marble statue of a woman as part of its deal with Greece to return four objects from its collection that investigations concluded had been smuggled and sold illegally.

In December, the Getty, embroiled in an international scandal involving its former antiquities curator, Marion True, agreed that it would return the objects. True has denied criminal charges against her in Italy and Greece.

The Getty in July returned to Greece a 4th century BC black limestone stele, or grave marker, and a marble votive relief dating from the 5th century BC.

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