4,862 cultural assets abroad were returned to Turkey

While 4,862 of Turkey’s cultural assets abroad have been brought to the country by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism since 2003, 423 of them were returned in the first 6 months of this year.

According to the information received from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, work continues in coordination with the relevant institutions in order to prevent cultural property smuggling and to recover artifacts of Turkish origin found abroad.

In this framework, 4,862 works have been brought to Turkey since 2003, and 423 of them were returned in the first 6 months of 2021.

Voluntary return from Paris

In addition to 413 pieces of cultural property brought from Hungary on February 26 with the efforts of Turkey, and 3 tile tiles from the Adana Great Mosque, which was returned from the Netherlands on June 9, and 1 tile panel from the Anatolian Seljuk Period, this year’s first Three different voluntary works were returned in half.

1 terracotta female figurine and 1 male figurine head purchased in 2016 from an auction house operating in Paris, which were returned to Turkey voluntarily by Dinçer Denis Erke, were brought to Turkey from France and kept in Ankara Anatolian Civilizations Museum in June. was taken under. The artifacts dating back to the Middle Bronze Age II (1800-1600 BC) were returned in April through the Cultural and Promotional Counselor of the Paris Embassy.

Two terracotta pots returned from the USA

Two terracotta pots donated to the United States (USA) Arizona Natural History Museum in 1986, and cultural assets received by the Turkish Consulate General in Los Angeles due to their Anatolian origin, were kept in Ankara Anatolian Civilizations Museum in June.

It was pointed out that the pottery with underwater finds were double-handled vessels used in the Late Roman and Byzantine periods, and it was stated that this type of pottery found underwater was used in the galleys of ships.

Both amphorae were returned voluntarily

Two amphorae of Anatolian origin, which a person living in San Diego, USA, returned to Turkey by contacting the Turkish Consulate General in Los Angeles, were also kept in Ankara Anatolian Civilizations Museum in June.

It was emphasized that the amphora, which means a two-handled vessel, was a terracotta vessel with different types and forms in ancient times, and it was stated that these vessels were used to store or transport foods such as grain, fish, honey, and figs, as well as liquid products.

Mentioned in Günsenin type group, 11-13 AD. It is reported that these types of amphorae, which are dated between the 4th century BC and the 7th century AD, were produced in Sinop, one of the most important amphora production centers in the Black Sea Region. said to continue.

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