Ohio museum to return ancient water jug to Italy

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Posted: Jun 20, 2012 2:32 PM

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The Toledo Museum of Art plans to return an ancient water jug to Italy that investigators say was probably illegally dug up from that country years ago.

The 2,500-year-old water vessel has been on display at the Ohio museum since 1982, when it was purchased from an antiquities dealer out of Switzerland. It will be displayed at the museum until it leaves for Rome, probably in late summer.

Museum Director Brian Kennedy told The Blade newspaper, "The right thing to do is to return this object."

Black painting on the orangey clay vessel depicts the Greek tale of Dionysos, the god of wine and drama. Authorities believe the 20-inch tall artifact was probably illegally excavated in Italy, smuggled to Switzerland and given a forged record of ownership.

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Information from: The Blade, http://www.toledoblade.com/