The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City in 2020. Photo: Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images
In a repatriation ceremony, the Manhattan District Attorney's Office announced Tuesday the return to Italy of 58 antiquities valued at nearly $19 million — including 21 artifacts seized from New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The big picture: Among the returned items is a marble head of the goddess Athena, which was looted from a temple and dates back to 200 BCE, and a drinking cup that was smuggled into Switzerland and dates to 470 BCE. Both items ended up at the Met.
What they're saying: District Attorney Alvin Bragg said in a statement Tuesday the antiquities "represent thousands of years of rich history, yet traffickers throughout Italy utilized looters to steal these items and to line their own pockets."
Meanwhile, Met spokesperson Ken Wine told CBS News the museum "has been fully supportive of the Manhattan District Attorney's Office investigation and of the return of these object to Italy, based on information recently made available to the Met."


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