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Rare statue of Apollo held in Gaza Strip detention

By Nidal al-Mughrabi

Lost for centuries, a rare bronze statue of the Greek god Apollo has mysteriously resurfaced in the Gaza Strip, only to be seized by police and vanish almost immediately from view.

Word of the remarkable find has caught the imagination of the world of archaeology, but the police cannot say when the life-sized bronze might re-emerge or where it might be put on display.

A local fisherman says he scooped the 500-kg god from the sea bed last August, and carried it home on a donkey cart, unaware of the significance of his catch.

Others soon guessed at its importance, and the statue briefly appeared on Ebay with a $500,000 price tag well below its true value. Police from the Islamist group Hamas, who rule the isolated Palestinian territory, swiftly seized it and say they are investigating the affair.

To their great frustration, archaeologists have not been able to get their hands on the Apollo, and instead must pore over a few blurred photographs of the intact deity, who is laid out incongruously on a blanket emblazoned with Smurfs.

From what they can tell it was cast sometime between the 5th and the 1st century BC, making it at least 2,000 years old.

Its unique. In some ways I would say it is priceless. Its like people asking what is the (value) of the painting La Gioconda (the Mona Lisa) in the Louvre museum, said Jean-Michel de Tarragon, a historian with the French Biblical and Archaeological School of Jerusalem.

Its very, very rare to find a statue which is not in marble or in stone, but in metal, he told Reuters television.

[Reuters]

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