The Greek Ministry of Culture and Shelby White Conclude Agreement on Return of Two...

Fri Jul 11, 2008 10:00am EDT

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The Greek Ministry of Culture and Shelby White Conclude Agreement on Return of Two Antiquities to Greece

FORT LEE, N.J.--(Business Wire)--
An agreement was concluded yesterday, July 10, 2008, between the
Greek Ministry of Culture and Shelby White. Ms. White is a
philanthropist and antiquities collector and has established the
Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University
which supports ancient studies.

   Ms. White will return to Greece two antiquities from her
collection which, the Ministry contends, were illegally excavated and
exported from Greece and which Ms. White acquired in good faith.

   The first object is the upper part of a grave stele depicting a
warrior and a youth dated to the early part of the 4th century B.C.
The lower part of the stele was found in the early 60's in a legal
excavation of the Greek Archaeological Service in a private field in
Porto Rafti in Attica and today is exhibited in the Vravrona
Archaeological Museum. For the first time after all those years the
two parts of the stele can be put together and exhibited in their
place of origin for the sake of the unity and integrity of the piece.

   The second object is a bronze calyx krater dated approximately to
340 B.C. Greek archaeologists believe that the krater originates from
Pieria, Northern Greece, and was most probably found in illegal
excavations in a royal tomb in the area.

   Both antiquities are very important, rare, and their repatriation
will take place within July 2008. They will first be exhibited in the
National Archaeological Museum in Athens and then be transferred to
the Museums corresponding to the areas were they came from.

For the Ministry of Culture:
Georgios Gavalas, + 30 210 8201306
(Directorate General of Antiquities &
Cultural Heritage, Hellenic Ministry of Culture)
For Shelby White:
Emerald Partners
Fraser P. Seitel, + 201-784-8880,

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