Saturday, 21 May 2022

Ialysos Ring Returned to Greece

Ialysos Ring

A Mycenaean-era gold ring has been returned to Greece decades after it was stolen from a museum during the Second World War ('This ancient, stolen ring is back home after a wild ride CBC News May 20, 2022) The ring, decorated with two facing sphinxes, had been discovered in fieldwork in 1927 in a Mycenaean grave near the ancient city of Ialysos on Rhodes (which at that time belonged to Italy). It was placed in the museum there, but was stolen during the second World War along with other pieces of jewellery and coins that remain missing. Not long after that,
it was brought to the U.S. during the 1950s or 1960s by Georg von Bekesy, a biophysicist and art collector whose collection was donated to the Nobel Foundation after his 1972 death and from there distributed to several museums [...] The Stockholm museum had initially identified the ring from Ialysos in 1975 and contacted Greek authorities, the ministry said. "But it remained in Stockholm for reasons that are not clear from existing archives," Friday's statement said. The artwork will now be displayed in a museum on Rhodes.

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