Authorities in New York return 14 looted artefacts valued at $2.5m to Italy, including a black-figure hydria by the renowned Priam Painter

Feb 05, 2023 346

BY: Claire Voon

The Manhattan District Attorney’s office has returned 14 looted artefacts to Italy, marking its fourth repatriation of antiquities to the country since July 2022. The objects, collectively worth nearly $2.5m, were recovered during multiple criminal investigations, which authorities say are ongoing. They were presented on February 2 in a ceremony attended by the Consulate General of Italy and investigators from the Italian Carabinieri, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and US Customs and Border Protection.

The artefacts include a fourth-century BCE silver coin known as the Sicily Naxos Coin, which features portraits of Dionysus and Silenus; a marble head of the Emperor Hadrian dating to 200 CE, until recently displayed at the San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA); and a black-figure water jar known as the Priam Painter Hydria. 

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