The J. Paul Getty Museum announces the return of a head of Hades from about 400-300 B.C.

11 Jan 2013 10:50 AM | Anonymous
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The J. Paul Getty Museum announces the return of a head of Hades from about 400-300 B.C.


Head of Hades, about 400 - 300 B.C. Terracotta and polychromy. Object: H: 27.3 x W: 20.5 x D: 18.5 cm (10 3/4 x 8 1/16 x 7 5/16 in.) Accession No. 85.AD.105. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California.
LOS ANGELES, CA.- The J. Paul Getty Museum announced today plans to voluntarily return a terracotta head to Sicily representing the god Hades and dating to about 400–300 B.C. The Museum acquired the sculpture in 1985.

Joint research with colleagues in Sicily over the past two years has yielded previously unknown information on the likely provenance of the sculpture suggesting that it was appropriate to return the object. In keeping with the principle of repatriating works when compelling evidence warrants it, the decision to transfer this head is based on the discovery of four terracotta fragments found near Morgantina in Sicily, similar in style and medium to the Getty head. Getty Museum curators initiated discussions with Sicilian colleagues on the possible relationship between the head and the fragments in 2011, and then worked with the director of the Morgantina Archaeological Park to corroborate the identification. These fragments indicate that the original location of the head was the site of a sanctuary of Demeter, which was clandestinely excavated in the late 1970s.
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