Minneapolis Institute of Art vase, other looted artifacts returned to Italy

28 May 2015 8:31 AM | Anonymous

Minneapolis Institute of Arts vase, other looted artifacts returned to Italy

Once a star at Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the 2,500-year-old vase was part of a treasure trove returned on Tuesday. 

A long-running saga involving grave robbers, a Greek vase and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts came to an end Tuesday in Rome when U.S. officials returned the vase and 24 other artifacts to Italy, from where they had been stolen over many decades.

The Minneapolis museum voluntarily turned in the vase after its origins were challenged in 2005 by Italian investigators who said it had been illegally dug from an ancient grave. Other objects returned include 1st-century frescoes and precious books that ended up in U.S. collections.