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Minneapolis museum to return looted vase

The Minneapolis Institute of Art has announced that it will be returning an ancient Greek vase back to Italy after discovering that it was a looted artifact.

Officials at the Minneapolis museum had told the Times in 2005 that one of its six ancient vases, or kraters, appeared to match a photo seized in the 1995 Medici raid.

The news release announcing the impending return of what’s known as the Volute Krater said only that “the MIA became concerned about the provenance of the krater” it had bought in 1983. After making inquiries along with Italian authorities and experts, as well as investigators from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the museum said it became clear that its vase, dating from about 450 BC, was in fact the one pictured in photos seized from Medici.

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