Met Museum turns over looted objects
Detail of the bell krater the Met Museum turned over to the Manhattan DA’s office. Source: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Alanna Martinez, Met Museum Turns Over Two Looted Objects to Authorities, Observer, 2 August 2017
A Greek vase and a marble statue head have been surrendered to the Manhattan district attorney’s office.
Within the span of a week, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has been asked to surrender not one but two antiquities in its care to authorities under suspicion that the works were believed to have been looted decades ago, according to separate reports from The New York Times.
The first, a 2,300-year-old Greek vase known as a bell krater, which was used for mixing water and wine, was turned over to the Manhattan district attorney’s office by the museum after investigators issued a warrant on July 24. The district attorney’s office has declined to comment further.
The historic vase was bought by the museum in 1989 for $90,000 at an auction at Sotheby’s, according to the Times, and it is believed to have been painted by celebrated Greek artist Python around 360 B.C. Sotheby’s did not respond to a request for comment.