Morgantina loan deal loses its sheen

Feb 07, 2014 452

Will pieces of Morgantina silver return to New York from Sicily this year? The clock is ticking to renegotiate the deal struck in 2006 between the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Italian government and the regional government of Sicily that should, in theory, mean the remarkable collection of ancient Greek silver and silver gilt-artefacts return on loan to the Met this year for four years.

Sicily, which has the power to make its own rules about its heritage, wants to "rebalance" the deal, which it feels is "one-sided", says Mariarita Sgarlata, the island's highest cultural official.

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