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Lebanon receives trio of stolen artifacts recovered in NY

By Associated Press

January 12, 2018 at 12:36 PM

FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2017 file photo, three ancient sculptures, from left, the “Calf Bearer’, the ‘Bull’s Head’, and the ‘Torso’, are displayed as Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance answers questions during a press conference and repatriation ceremony at Manhattan District Attorney’s Office in New York. Lebanon’s state news agency says the country has received the trio of ancient artifacts looted from the country during its civil war and recovered recently by New York authorities. The treasures arriving Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, include a marble bull’s head dating to about 360 B.C. excavated at a Phoenician temple in south Lebanon decades ago.The other two are marble torsos from the 4th and 6th century B.C. (Andres Kudacki/AP)

BEIRUT — Lebanon's state news agency says the country has received a trio of ancient artifacts looted from the country during its civil war and recovered recently by New York authorities.

The treasures arriving Friday include a marble bull's head dating to about 360 B.C. excavated at a Phoenician temple in south Lebanon decades ago.

It was discovered by an eagle-eyed curator at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art last year, where it had been on loan from a collector.

The other two are marble torsos from the 4th and 6th century B.C.

Scores of antiquities were looted from Lebanon during its 1975-1990 Civil War.

The Manhattan district attorney's office formed an antiquities trafficking unit last year to repatriate stolen artifacts.

The National Museum in Beirut will display the artifacts in February.

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