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Turkeys claim to Marble Figure Quashed by New York Federal Judge Ruling

A New York Federal Judge has decided that a marble figure which is owned by hedge fund billionaire Michael Steinhardt and which has spent decades on display at the...

The Turkish government sued for the return of the figure in 2017 however, according to Judge Alison J. Nathan, there is “insufficient evidence” to support Turkey’s claim that it should be returned.

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The marble figure, which stands at 22.9 cm high, is known colloquially as the ‘stargazer’ idol.

This title derives from the position of the figure, with the tilted back angle of the head and the gaze upwards to the heavens.

It is probably from the Chalcolithic period and…

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