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Stolen ancient artefact returns to Iran museum

AFP  |  Tehran 

A twice-stolen ancient Persian artefact is in after a ordered it returned to

"It now belongs to the people who made it in the first place, and who are now going to preserve it, and is part of their identity," Firouzeh Sepidnameh, of the told AFP on Tuesday.

The limestone relief was handed over to Iran's at the last month and was personally brought back to by Hassan Rouhani, returning from the

The bas-relief, approximately 25 centuries old, depicts the hed of a soldier from a line of Immortal Guards.

It was discovered in an archaeological dig in the early 1930s at Persepolis, capital of the Achaemenid Empire near today's central Iranian city of

The artefact was stolen four years after it was found, and ultimately ended up at the where it was again stolen in 2011.

It was seized by the Manhattan district attorney's office in 2017 when it resurfaced and was put on sale at an art fair.

"The international community has evolved enough to realise every artefact must return to its point of origin," said Sepidnameh.

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First Published: Tue, October 09 2018. 20:31 IST