Lina Mendoni facilitates return of ancient Greek artefacts from the US

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Greek Culture Minister Lina Mendoni organised the repatriation of three ancient Greek artefacts from Emory University’s Michael Carlos Museum in Atlanta, US, on Monday, January 21.

The artefacts, which according to a statement from the Ministry, originated from Crete, Epirus, and Attica, and were the result of illegal excavations.

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Emory University’s Michael Carlos Museum was in possession of three Ancient Greek artefacts. Photo: Culture Ministry.

It was reported that they were trafficked by antiquities smugglers, and unlawfully exported from Greece, before finding their way to the Carlos Museum. 

Some of the ancient artefacts include a Minoan clay larnax adorned with fish decorations dating back to the 14th century BC, a 2nd-century BC marble statue portraying a young woman leaning on a tree trunk, and a seated marble male figure from an Attic tomb relief dating to the late 4th century BC.

Source: Ekathimerini.

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