Etruscan Artifacts in Denmark Destined to Return to Italy

After four years of negotiation, Copenhagen’s Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek announced recently that it has agreed to return a significant cache of Etruscan artifacts to Italy by the end of 2017. The total tally of objects to be returned is close to 500, but perhaps most noteworthy are artifacts from an 8th-century Etruscan prince’s burial site. 

Dario Franceschini, Italy’s cultural minister, was thrilled about the outcome. As he was quoted in The New York Times:

““The agreement which we have signed today has turned a crisis into an opportunity,”

Many of the pieces will most likely be returned to the Museo Civico Archeologico di Fara in Sabina, which is where, it is believed, most of the objects were originally unearthed. 

#Further Reading: 

Hannah McGivern, “Major Danish museum returns looted antiquities to Italy” (, 12 July 2016)

Elisabetta Povoledo, “Those Italian Artifacts Actually Were Looted, Danish Museum Now Says,” (New York Times, 5 July 2016) 

Posted by Alexis Culotta

Image: A Ny Carlsberg Glytptotek gallery featuring antiquities to be returned (courtesy of 

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