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US museum to return Roman fresco fragment to Italy

US museum to return Roman fresco fragment to Italy

The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles is returning a piece of a 1st century Roman fresco to Italy.
The 35-by-31-inch (89-79-centimeter) fragment showing a landscape was donated to the museum in 1996. Spokeswoman Rebecca Taylor says the museum noticed last year that it matched another piece of a wall painting that a private collector was returning to Italy.
Taylor says experts decided the two fragments came from the same fresco and Getty officials decided to return their piece.
Taylor says the piece had been on display but wasn't a highlight of the collection.
The Getty has returned more than three dozen ancient artifacts that Italy claimed were looted from archaeological sites. But Taylor says the wall fragment is not believed to have been looted.