Toledo art museum to give back rare jug

20 Jun 2012 5:52 AM | Anonymous

Toledo art museum to give back rare jug

http://www.toledoblade.com/Art/2012/06/20/Toledo-art-museum-to-give-back-rare-jug.html
June 20, 2012

Published: 6/20/2012

Vessel looted from Italy, inquiry finds

BY TAHREE LANE
BLADE STAFF WRITER

The 20-inch-tall water jug has been on view at the Toledo Museum of Art since its purchase in 1982. The painting on it depicts the Greek tale of Dionysos, god of wine and drama. The museum will return it to Italy soon.The 20-inch-tall water jug has been on view at the Toledo Museum of Art since its purchase in 1982. The painting on it depicts the Greek tale of Dionysos, god of wine and drama. The museum will return it to Italy soon. Enlarge

It's believed to have been crafted by a talented Etruscan artist (whose work is also owned by the Vatican) in southern Italy or Sicily, where Greeks are thought to have migrated. The museum considers it among the 300 most precious of its 30,000 objects.

A consent order is expected to be filed today in U.S. District Court in Toledo, stating that the museum will relinquish the kalpis for return to Italy.

"The right thing to do is to return this object," said Brian Kennedy, museum director. "We knew we'd likely lose this. We'll miss it."

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