Due to a serious suspicion of looting, dozens of ancient objects were seized from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Researchers have argued that the stolen objects showcased the glory of ancient empires, Greece, Rome and Egypt. The value of the seized antiquities reaches $13,000,000, according to the New York Times.
Among the most valuable items seized was a marble head of the goddess Athenadating around 200 BC.
Two statues, depicting the mythical Greek brothers Castor and Polydeuces, believed to have been made during the Roman Empire, were also seized, according to public documents obtained by the International Center for Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).
It is the largest seizure of objects at the Met Museum to date.
The items were recently seized by the Metropolitan Museum of Art at the behest of the Manhattan District Attorney. This is part of a wider effort returning the objects to their countries of originaccording to American media.
The Manhattan district attorney’s office has so far obtained six warrants to seize items from the museum this year.
In mid-July, along with federal agents, New York City authorities seized 21 allegedly stolen items, valued at more than $11,000,000.
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