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An American man has returned 19 antiquities to the four countries they came from after reading reports in the Guardian about the repatriation of looted antiquities.

John Gomperts, who lives in Washington, realised that the ancient pieces worth up to £80,000 – including two seventh- and eighth-century BC Cypriot vases – that he had inherited from his grandmother could have come from illicit excavations because they have no collecting history.

He wanted to do the right thing legally and ethically by returning the items to Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Pakistan respectively. After an agreement with his two siblings, he has returned them.

He said: “It seemed like the right thing to do … I read stories on repatriation and I thought: we have these pieces that are 2,500 years old from other countries; we should explore whether we can give them back.”


https://www.theguardian.com/cu...ing-guardian-article


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Another story of repatriation of an artifact...

A Pilgrimage to Honor a Blues Legend

Big Al


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That's a wonderful story. Thanks for posting it.


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Yes, thanks.

As a blues fan, good on him.

I especially appreciated how he admitted he wanted this object (I don't blame him) and how parting with it involved a confluence of events including his being at a stage in his life when he wanted get rid of material objects (I didn't bring many from HI and can relate).
 
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