BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's culture minister says less than one-tenth of the public funds needed to buy a nationally treasured work by sculptor Constantin Brancusi have been raised.
Corina Suteu said on her Facebook page Tuesday that 562,000 euros ($635,000) have been donated by the public since the campaign started in March. Some 6 million euros needs to be raised by Sept. 30 when the public campaign ends.
Romania's government will pay 5 million euros toward the 11-million-euro purchase price from private owners.
Dating to 1907 or 1908, "Wisdom of the Earth" is one of just a few Brancusi works remaining in his homeland.
The small sculpture carved from limestone depicts a female figure sitting with folded arms and her legs pulled up.