Stolen sarcophagus might return to Turkey

11 Nov 2013 11:03 AM | Anonymous

Stolen sarcophagus might return to Turkey

ANTALYA - Doğan News Agency

Turkish officials have been closely following legal action that has been taken against a Swiss art gallery for the return of a 20-ton sarcophagus, which is thought to have been smuggled out of Antalya’s ancient city of Perge. The sarcophagus features figurines of the ancient Greek war deity Heracles

The sarcophagus, which was allegedly smuggled out of the ancient city of Perge in 2001, was seized following an anonymous tip on its whereabouts to Swiss Customs in Geneva. DHA Photo

The sarcophagus, which was allegedly smuggled out of the ancient city of Perge in 2001, was seized following an anonymous tip on its whereabouts to Swiss Customs in Geneva. DHA Photo

Turkish cultural officials have expressed hopes of a prompt resolution to legal action to repatriate a 20-ton sarcophagus believed to have been taken fromAntalya after a case was opened against a Swiss art gallery.

The sarcophagus, which was allegedly smuggled out of the ancient city of Perge in 2001, was seized following an anonymous tip on its whereabouts to Swiss Customs in Geneva. 

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