Nearly 40 years after it disappeared from the sanctuary of San Francesco Bisconti in Morgantina, a Hellenistic period statue of the head of Hades is set to return to Sicily from Los Angeles.

Nearly 40 years after it disappeared from the sanctuary of San Francesco Bisconti in Morgantina, a Hellenistic period statue of the head of Hades is set to return to Sicily from Los Angeles. The head – nicknamed ‘Barbablù’, due to a lick of blue colouring on a curl of its beard – was stolen and illegally exported in the late 1970s, and acquired in good faith by the Getty Museum in 1985. After years of investigation on the Italian side, the statue was identified by its distinctive facial hair, and has now been returned. 

Source: Apollo Magazine.


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