2,700-year-old Persian artifact a gift of U.S. diplomacy to Iran?

28 Sep 2013 2:25 PM | Anonymous

2,700-year-old Persian artifact a gift of U.S. diplomacy to Iran?

By Tara Kangarlou and Ben Brumfield, CNN
September 28, 2013 -- Updated 1136 GMT (1936 HKT)
The United States returns an ancient Iranian artifact, as relations appear to thaw
The United States returns an ancient Iranian artifact, as relations appear to thaw
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • A 2,700 year-old silver chalice may be a new token of friendship between the United States and Iran
  • It had been in New York since 2003, when an art dealer smuggled it to New York
  • Iran's cultural heritage chief hopes its return will mark a lively cultural exchange with the U.S.
  • Mohammad-Ali Najafi says the ice between Washington and Tehran has thawed

Washington (CNN) -- A 2,700 year-old silver chalice may be a new token of friendship between the United States and Iran, at least that's the way Iran's cultural heritage chief sees it.

Whatever the case, Mohammad-Ali Najafi was palpably delighted Friday to see the ancient Persian artifact return to its homeland. The ceremonial drinking vessel -- or rhyton -- had gotten snagged in a U.S. customs warehouse for years, held up by bad diplomatic relations.

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/09/28/world/meast/2700-year-old-persian-artifact-iran-cultural-diplomacy/index.html?sr=sharebar_twitter

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