Turkish police seize 13th-century painting of Jesus
KAYSERİ – Anadolu Agency
The find came when police raided the office of a suspected antiquities smuggler in the central Turkish province of Kayseri, said the source, speaking on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media.
A delegation from Turkey's Cultural and Natural Heritage Preservation Board is expected to release a report on the painting's provenance after a thorough investigation.
A museum in Kayseri put the artwork under its protection.
The painting's value has reportedly been estimated at 5 million Turkish liras (around $1 million).
Turkish forces seized the painting, measuring 200 x 140 centimeters, showing the crucified Jesus with two women and a man standing alongside, and including Latin and Hebrew writing.
The suspect arrested over the incident is reportedly an international trader.