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Met Museum of Art turns ancient vase over to prosecutors

Met Museum of Art turns ancient vase over to prosecutors

NEW YORK (AP) — An ancient vase that for years was housed in the elegant galleries of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art is taking up space in a much different place — a prosecutor's office.

A warrant was issued July 24 for the vase over questions of its provenance and whether it was looted from Italy.

The museum says it has been working to resolve the issue and took the vase off display when first contacted by the Manhattan district attorney's office in recent months. It says it turned the vase over to officials on July 25.

The artifact is a bell krater, used to hold wine. The warrant says it dates to 360-350 B.C. and has an image of the Greek god Dionysus (dy-oh-NY'-suhs) being pulled in a cart.


Updated : 2021-08-02 04:48 GMT+08:00