Art Market Italy: Stories of theft and recovery

25 Apr 2012 6:08 PM | Anonymous

Art Market Italy: Stories of theft and recovery      
Written by Silvia Anna Barrilà    
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 14:09 

Francesco 'Pacecco' De Rosa (1607-1656), 'Fuga in Egitto,' oil on canvas, image courtesy Galleria Nazionale di Cosenza

MILAN, Italy - It was probably during a trip through southern Italy in the 4th century BC that the small late Egyptian stone known as “Horus on the Crocodiles” went missing. It was, by all appearances, a talisman against snakes, crocodiles, and scorpions owned by a traveler. Many centuries later, at the end of the 1970s, the object was recovered during a dig in the city of Crotone, in the region of Calabria, by a worker who recognized the rarity of the stone and decided to keep it.

The worker was so proud of it that he always carried it in a small bag hanging around his neck and used every opportunity to show it off, until someone stole it from him.

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