Lebanon Displays Stolen Ancient Artifacts Returned From US

Three marble statues were displayed at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office on Dec. 15, 2017, at a ceremony marking the repatriation of looted antiquities to Lebanon. (JOSH RUSSELL, Courthouse News Service)

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon has displayed three stolen ancient sculptures that were returned from the United States recently.

The treasures arrived home last month and were put on display at the National Museum in Beirut on Friday.

The pieces include a marble bull’s head dating to about 360 B.C., excavated at a Phoenician temple in southern Lebanon decades ago.

Lebanon’s Culture Minister Ghattas Khoury told reporters at the museum that “we are all committed to repatriate as many of these objects, wherever they are.”

The treasures were once owned by private collectors and valued at more than $5 million. They were ordered returned to Lebanon by the Manhattan district attorney.

They were stolen from a temple during the Lebanese 1975-90 civil war and confiscated in New York in the past few months.

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