Monday, November 26, 2012
Germany has agreed to repatriate a winged seahorse brooch back to Turkey. The brooch is the most significant piece from the so-called Lyidan Hoard that was first repatriated to Turkey by the MET back in the 1993, but then illegally sold off by a Turkish Museum director to help pay off gambling debts. Given the embarassing situation, Turkish officials have not been exactly seeking extensive publicity for the return. It remains unclear how the brooch got to Germany, and what, if any, plans the Turkish government has to secure it in the future.