Getty returns 2 antiquities

The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles has returned two ancient pieces long claimed by Greece on grounds of illegal provenance, the Greek Culture Ministry said. The items, a gold funerary wreath and a marble woman's torso, arrived Thursday evening on an Olympic Airlines flight from New York in «excellent condition,» a ministry official told AFP on Friday. »The antiquities will be stored at the Archaeological Museum in Athens, and will be officially presented by Minister Giorgos Voulgarakis on Thursday,» she said. Greece had demanded for over a decade the return of the two works, in addition to two other items yielded by the Getty last summer, arguing that they were illegally removed from the country. The museum decided to return the wreath and torso after seeing evidence of their provenance from the Greek Culture Ministry, Museum Director Michael Brand said in December. (AFP)