1,800-year-old “Weary Herakles” statue to be returned to Turkey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turkey’s Minister of Culture and Tourism, Ertugrul Gunay, announced that the top portion of the 1,800-year-old “Weary Herakles” statue will be returned to Turkey by the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

The top half will be returned to rejoin the lower half of the statue which was found in Turkey in the 1980s and already on display in Antalya.

Archaeologists found the bottom half of the statue in eight pieces in the city of Perge [in Antalya] in 1980 and after years of discussion and disagreement, the two pieces will be reunited in Turkey within the next year.

According to the New York Times, the return symbolizes another victory in a larger effort for the repatriation of works of antiquity that were taken from Turkey.

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