A Hittite gold pendant of a goddess with a child, circa 1400 BCE from Central Anatolia. (MMA 1989.281.12)
Turkey claims all of them were illegally excavated and smuggled out of the country after the passage of a 1906 law that gave the state ownership of antiquities in the ground. It is the latest country after Italy and Greece to take an aggressive stance in reclaiming stolen antiquities.
The blog “Chasing Aphrodite” published a list of the Met’s objects subject of Turkey’s request in an entry of March 20, 2012
. All the contested objects are from the Norbert Schimmel Collection, which the museum has described
as “the finest private assemblage of its kind in America” and “one of the most important gifts of ancient and Classical art ever presented to this museum.””Turkey is not trying to start a fight,” Murat Suslu, Turkey’s director general for cultural heritage and museums, said. “We are trying to develop … cooperation and we hope these museums will also understand our point of view.”
A silver Hittite rhyton, or drinking cup, in the form of a stag, circa 1400 BCE from Central Anatolia. (MMA 1989.281.10)
Vases of electrum, gilt silver and silver “said to be found together” in Northwest Anatolia by 1974. Made circa 2300 BCE.
The Times, citing a list provided by Turkish officials, said the country is asking for 10 objects from the Getty that were acquired from dealers, auction houses or collectors for more than $1 million. They include four marble muses on display at the Getty Villa’s Basilica gallery.
Getty spokesman Ron Hartwig said the museum has had ongoing talks with Turkey, and declined to get into specifics. Art Daily