Germany has returned a 3,500-year-old sphinx to Turkey after a war of words and the treasured sculpture is set to be reinstated at its original location, media reports said Thursday.
The sphinx will be erected at the entrance of a museum at Hattusha, the ancient Hittite capital, some 150 miles (240 kilometers ) northeast of the capital Ankara, archaeologist Tahir Aksekili told Anatolia news agency.
Culture and Tourism Minister Ertugrul Gunay, who led Turkey’s efforts to cajole Germany into returning the statue, hailed its arrival as “historic.”
“A work of art belonging to our land for more than three millennia has returned home after 95 years,” Anatolia quoted him as saying.
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