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Sicily’s Morgantina silver to return to the Met

Delicate negotiations get loan deal agreed in 2006 back on track

The Met purchased 15 pieces of Hellenistic silver in 1981 and 1982 for around $2.7m

Pieces of Morgantina silver are due to return to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York at the “end of the summer”, a spokeswoman for the Met confirms. Our sister paper, il Giornale dell'Arte reports, they are due to leave the Museo Regionale di Aidone in Sicily for an extended stay in New York until 2018. The loan agreement negotiated in 2006 between the Met, the Italian government and the regional government of Sicily was thrown into doubt after the island’s highest cultural official called it “one sided” and the Ancient silver and silver gilt was included last June on a list of art and artefacts that should not leave the island. The original agreement for Sicily to lend the Ancient Greek silver and silver gilt to the Met every four years until 2046 was made when the Met restituted the artefacts. Purchased in good faith by the Met, evidence later indicated they had been looted from Morgantina near Aidone.

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