12 December, 2006
Two important Greek artifacts that were taken abroad by illicit trade in the past, a gold wreath and a marble statue of a “kore” (a standing young woman clothed in long robes dated before the 5th century BC), both kept in the Getty Museum in Los Angeles will be returned to Greece in the following months.
Based on a Getty Museum statement, the museum’s board of trustees unanimously decided to return the two antiquities to the country of origin.
In a joint statement issued by Culture Minister George Voulgarakis and the museum it is stressed that there are plans for future cooperation between the Greek culture ministry and the Getty Museum.
In an unscheduled press conference at noon Monday, Voulgarakis stressed that an opportunity is being presented to establish a broad framework of cooperation between the museum and the culture ministry on issues of mutual interest such as antiquity loaning and exhibitions.
Source: Athens News Agency