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Lebanon Receives Stolen Artifacts Recovered in NY

Lebanon Receives Stolen Artifacts Recovered in NY

Saturday, 13 January, 2018 - 06:15
Lebanon receives a trio of ancient artifacts at Rafik Hariri International Airport. NNA photo

Lebanon has received a trio of ancient artifacts looted from the country during its civil war and recovered recently by authorities in the US city of New York, the state-run National News Agency reported.

The treasures, arriving Friday at Rafik Hariri International Airport via an Air France flight, include a marble bull's head dating to about 360 B.C. excavated at a Phoenician temple in south Lebanon decades ago.

It was discovered by an eagle-eyed curator at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art last year, where it had been on loan from a collector.

The other two are marble torsos from the 4th and 6th century B.C.

Scores of antiquities were looted from Lebanon during its 1975-1990 Civil War.

The Manhattan district attorney's office formed an antiquities trafficking unit last year to repatriate stolen artifacts.

The Lebanese government was able through its consulate in New York and in cooperation with the Culture Ministry and the US authorities to recover the artifacts.

The National Museum in Beirut will display the artifacts in February.

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