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Bombed out sculptures restored and put on display

Forty statues from Tell Halaf in Syria that were bombed to pieces in a German museum during WWII have been pieced together and put on display in a special exhibition.

About 40 resurrected figures — including a pair of lions that once bared their teeth at the entrance of a palace at Tell Halaf in northeastern Syria, a sphinx and a long-tressed female figure from a monumental grave — go on show to the public at the Pergamon Museum on Friday.

“No one could have imagined several years ago that this exhibition would be possible,” Michael Eissenhauer, the director of Berlin’s state museums, said Thursday. “Tell Halaf had been forgotten. It was thought to be certain that the pieces which disappeared in 1943 were irretrievably lost.”

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Story: Associated Press | Photo: Associated Press

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