8.25.2014

pssst... Seen these Macedonian Sphinxes?


☠ GcRap ☠ Tweeted this photo of the throne from the tomb of Eurydice at Vergina, and whilst yes they are a great parallel to the large sphinxes at Amphipolis ... I also wanted to remind everyone that they were stolen along with the little Caryatid figures (left arm raised; 17 cm, white marble) in the late summer of 2001.

If you see them, contact the Greek Ministry of Culture, or I can forward the email vergina [at] lootbusters.com





The AIA theft notice: Royal Tomb Robbery - Archaeology Magazine Archive:
A Greek archaeologist taking government officials through the royal Macedonian tombs at Vergina discovered that at least seven marble figurines had been taken from the "tomb of Eurydice." Found by Manolis Andronicos in 1987, the tomb was identified by him as that of Eurydice, one of the wives of the Macedonian king Amyntas III, mother of Philip II, and grandmother of Alexander the Great. Eurydice was born ca. 410-404 B.C., but the date of her death is unknown. An inscribed pot fragment in the tomb dates it to 344/3 B.C. at the earliest, but its precise date and the identity, even gender, of its occupant are debated.
During the summer, an evening guard shift was dropped because of staffing shortages. Environmental monitoring equipment in the tomb is checked on a monthly basis; this makes it possible to date the theft to between August 13 and September 9. Because the tomb is not open to the public and there was no sign of a break-in, security guards were questioned on the possibility it was an inside job. The objects are well-known and can't be sold openly but could fetch a high price on the black market; the thieves were either stupid or had a buyer lined up ahead of time.
This is not the first robbery of the tomb. It was partially plundered, probably soon after burial, but the ancient looters came to grief, as evidenced by two skeletons found there.


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