Dutch return looted 2nd century marble head to Italy
Dutch police have returned to Italy a 2nd century marble head that was stolen from a famous archaeological site outside Rome and offered up for auction in Amsterdam.
|The marble head depicting the Roman Empress Julia Domna was stolen in 2013 |
from Hadrian's Villa at Tivoli, near Rome [Credit: ANSA]
Amsterdam police say two people were arrested and charged with theft and trying to sell the sculpture.
Carabinieri Maj. Massimo Maresca said an Amsterdam auction house flagged the artifact to Italian authorities in 2015 after a woman purporting to be its owner tried to auction it off. Italian police notified their Dutch counterparts.
Dutch authorities returned the head during a ceremony Friday in Amsterdam.
Source: The Associated Press [December 02, 2016]