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Turkish fishermen net 300 kilo ancient bronze statue 'off the coast of Marmaris'


Turkish fishermen apparently casting nets outside Turkish territorial waters off the coast of the port city of Marmaris in southwestern Turkey made the catch of a lifetime. At dawn, when they began to reel in the nets they had thrown at a depth of 50 metres, they were surprised to see a large statue emerging from the sea. 


Turkish fishermen net 300 kilo ancient bronze statue 'off the coast of Marmaris'
Credit: Arkeofili

The fishermen informed the Turkish coast guard which in turn informed the Marmaris Museum Directorate and archaeologists were dispatched to examine the statue.


It turned out to be a female bronze statue about two metres tall and weighing 300 kilograms. The statue, which has not yet been dated, was placed in a vehicle with a crane and transferred to the Marmaris Museum for further examination and conservation.


The archaeologists did not provide more information on the matter, and referred to the official statements that will be made by the Ministry after the investigations.




Editor's Note


There is reason to believe that this bronze statue fished out of the Aegean by Turkish fishermen was actually found in Greek territorial waters where the Turks were illegally casting their nets.


Turkish fishermen net 300 kilo ancient bronze statue 'off the coast of Marmaris'
The Lady of Kalymnos [Credit: Archaeological Museum
of Kalymnos, Greece]

Indeed, it appears that it is a twin figure of the original Hellenistic (possibly 2nd century BC) bronze statue known as ‘The Lady of Kalymnos’, a female figure in a chiton and a fringed himation which was accidentally found in 1994, in the area of sea between Pserimos and Kalymnos, in the Dodecanese.  


Source: Arkeofili [trsl. TANN, November 18, 2020]



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