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Getty Returns Italian Artifacts Volume 52 Number 3, May/June 1999
by Andrew L. Slayman

The J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu, California, has returned three antiquities to Italy after determining they were stolen. A second-century A.D. torso of the god Mithra, acquired in 1982, had been published in 1958 as part of an Italian private collection. A Roman copy of a youth's head by the Greek sculptor Polykleitos, acquired in 1996, came from an excavation storeroom at Venosa in southern Italy. And a fifth-century B.C. Greek red-figure kylix (drinking cup), acquired in 1983 and signed by Onesimos as painter and Euphronios as potter, was looted from the Etruscan site of Cerveteri. The artifacts were taken to Rome on February 5 by Getty antiquities curator Marion True.

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