Dallas art museum returns stolen mosaic to Turkish officials
DALLAS (REUTERS) - The Dallas Museum of Art has returned an ancient piece of artwork to Turkish officials after learning that the piece was likely looted from an archeological site.
Museum officials said they are cooperating with Italian authorities over the return of several antique artifacts that had been obtained from an Italian dealer under investigation for selling looted antiquities.
The museum "deplores the illegal trade in antiquities" and officials said they have made it a priority to identify and return looted treasures from other countries.
The artwork returned to Turkey is a ceramic mosaic of the mythic poet Orpheus playing a lyre as he sits on a rock surrounded by wild animals, which he tames with the soothing music. The museum bought the piece at public auction in 1999, officials said.