Washington.- (ANA/T. Ellis)
Greece is seeking the return of antiquities from a well-known American museum (a funeral wreath, a marble column constituting part of a tomb, the marble torso of a statue dating back to 400 B.C. and an archaic bas-relief).
According to a report by the Associated Press news agency, published in the New Yok Times, and invoking a relevant publication in the Los Angeles Times Greece has repeated its request for the return of the four antiquities from the J. Paul Getty Museum “since the way with which they were obtained is unclear.”
The report includes a statement by the press attache of the General Consulate in Los Angeles Aristotelis Papageorgiou who said that a letter addressed to the Museum by the Culture Ministry, dated May 20, refers to the “lack of proof” concerning the way and time when the items left Greece.
Papageorgiou added that “the letter constitutes a clear indication that the works of art entered the art market illegally.”
The New York-based newspaper also contains a report from Athens, publishing statements by the culture ministry’s Antiquities and Cultural Heritage general director Lazaros Kolonas, who said “we are determined to take all necessary action against all proved to have been involved in the case.”