23 Jul 2011

Top half of statue to be returned to Turkey

12:55 pm on 23 July 2011

The top half of a statue of Hercules, which was bought by the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in 1982, is to be returned to its native Turkey.

The BBC reports the museum will reunite the bust of the Weary Herakles with its lower half at the Antalya Museum later this year.

It is thought the full statue will return to Boston on a short-term loan.

The top half of the sculpture of Hercules was purchased in 1981 from a German dealer, by the museum and a New York art collecter.

The BBC reports it was displayed in Boston a year later before being put into storage in 2007.

Turkish archaeologists were convinced the bust had been looted and taken from the country. At the same time, the lower half of the statue was discovered in 1980 at Perge in southern Turkey.