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Culture Minister Giorgos Voulgarakis places…

Culture Minister Giorgos Voulgarakis places yesterday a recovered fragment onto a relief of the Parthenon’s northern frieze, six days after the piece was returned to Athens. The fragment, measuring 8 by 11 centimeters, was sent to Greece from Heidelberg University’s Museum of Antiquities. It depicts a section of a man’s leg with the word Parthenon in Greek inscribed on the reverse side. ‘This is a major symbolic gesture – a new page in the previously deadlocked debate for the return of all (Parthenon) sculptures from museums abroad,’ Voulgarakis said. The government hopes that the return of the tiny fragment, along with the recent return of two artifacts held by the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, will bolster efforts to repatriate the Parthenon Marbles from the British Museum.