Getty Museum to return Classical artifacts

Two important ancient Greek artifacts smuggled abroad by illicit trade in the past, namely, a gold wreath and a marble statue of a “kore” — a standing young woman clothed in long robes, circa 5th-6th century BC — will be returned to Greece next year by the LA-based Getty Museum.


Based on a Getty Museum statement, the institution’s board of trustees unanimously decided to return the two antiquities to the country of origin.


In a joint statement issued by Culture Minister George Voulgarakis and the museum, it is stressed that there are also plans for future cooperation between the Greek culture ministry and the Getty Museum, established via a trust fund created by oil magnate J. Paul Getty.


In an unscheduled press conference at noon Monday, Voulgarakis stressed that an opportunity is being presented to establish a broad framework of cooperation between the renowned private museum and the culture ministry on issues of mutual interest, such as the loaning of antiquities and exhibitions.
Source: ANA

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