A sculpture made by artist Malik Bulut in 2006 as a part of an international culture and art events held in Van’s Erci? district, was labeled a 3,200-year-old piece and installed museum’s garden, according to Sezer Cihaner Keser, head of the Faculty of Fine Arts Sculpture Department at the eastern province’s Yüzüncü Y?l University.
Defining the incident as a scandal, Keser said: “This artwork was made in 2006 by Malik Bulut. I was thinking about taking a photograph of the piece and putting it into the book Van Külliyat? [Van Corpus]. However, despite all my research, I could not find this sculpture in Erci?. I was shocked when I saw it coincidentally in the museum’s garden.”
The Van Museum has the world’s largest collection of artifacts from Urartu, an Iron Age kingdom that was centered on Lake Van, and includes 40,000 works.