Bull figure returns to Turkey
ANKARA – Anadolu Agency
A bull figure from the Bronze Age, which was purchased half a century ago, has been sent to the Antalya Museum from Vienna.
Culture and Tourism Minister Ömer Çelik said a person named Manfred Weinwurm, who purchased the figure from Antalya, sent the historic artifact by cargo.
He said the artifact came with a note in German written to the Antalya Museum Directorate, adding, “He says in the note that he came to Antalya in 1963 for one week and purchased the artifact from a small store. He wanted to return it to its homeland. The terra-cotta artifact is from the Bronze Age [3,000-1.200 B.C.] and is now in the place where it belongs, the Antalya Museum.”
Çelik said there has been much success lately in the number of returned artifacts. “A total of 116 historical artifacts, 30 in 2013 and 86 in 2014, were brought to Anatolia. The story of each of these 116 artifacts is interesting. Among them are an Ottoman flag, amphora and stelas. The Ulu Mosque’s door leafs is one them, too,” the minister said.