J. Paul Getty Museum To Return Sicilian Artifact


The J. Paul Getty Museum in California plans to return a Sicily terracotta head which depicts Hades the Greek god. It was reportedly clandestinely evacuated from a site in the 1970’s.


Timothy Potts, Museum director, says the Getty took the initiative to have the piece investigated after seeing fragments in a publication that could join the head, which dates back to about 400-300 B.C.


The piece was procured by the museum in 1985 and was believed to have been taken from an archeological site in Italy in the 1970’s.


It was purchased from New York Collector Maurice Templesman, and is among more than 40 pieces the museum has returned to Greece and Italy in recent years.