Application for turnover order: a marble head of Alexander The Great as Helios, the sun god
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In 2017, the New York District Attorney’s Office formed the first Antiquities Trafficking Unit in the world that combined prosecutors, law-enforcements agents, analysts, and paralegals in a single team. Since then, they have recovered more than $100 million worth of antiquities and repatriated them to a dozen countries. In February of 2018, that unit received a judicial warrant to seize a circa-1st century CE marble head of Alexander the Great as Helios, the Sun God, from Safani Gallery Inc., under the authority of New York Criminal Procedure Law §690.55. This seizure was based on evidence that the object had been excavated from the Basilica Aemilia in the Roman Forum after September 1909; then stolen from a state owned museum collection and thereafter illegally exported from the country of origin in contravention of Italy’s cultural heritage law. In July 2018, the District Attorney’s Office submitted an Application for Turnover in support of an order authorizing the transfer of the marble head to Italy, pursuant to New York Penal Law §450.10. This paper reproduces that application.
Is part ofRevista d'arqueologia de Ponent, 2020, núm. 30, p. 469-481
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