Thursday 26 January 2012

Marble lion confiscated in Central Greece

Three Greeks tries to sell a marble lion of the 5th-4th c. B.C. for 500.000 Euros. The three smuglers were arrested in Itea (Phokis, Central Greece) by officers of the Deparment against antiques smuggling, shortly before their appointment with a would-be buyer. The marble lion was 110 cm long and 30-35 cm wide and had probably served as a grave-marker in antiquity. According to an achaeologist of the Ministry of Culture, it is an object of great value that is subject to the law "on protection of antiquities and generally of cultural heritage".

Source: Ta Nea, 16.01.2012.

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