Date: 4th century B.C.
Artist: Underworld Painter (Greek, active Apulia, 330–c. 310 B.C.)
Dimensions: Overall: 36 x 22 x 17 1/4 in. (91.44 x 55.88 x 43.82 cm)
Credit Line: Lent by the Republic of Italy
Object Number: 135.2012.4
Culture: South Italy; Apulia, Greek
Deaccession Criteria: Restitution/Returned to rightful owner: the work has been legally requested for restitution.
Edoardo Almagià, a former New York antiquities dealer, is currently named in a criminal case for conspiracy to commit the illegal export and smuggling of cultural property pending before the Public Prosecutor of Rome. Almagià has been under investigation since at least 2006, when U.S. Customs officials raided his New York apartment, confiscating photographs, documents, and archaeological material. He was also the subject of a New York Times story in 2010 that revealed he was the focus of an investigation of the illegal export and laundering of Italian archaeological objects. The Italian government named Almagià in the criminal case for having “sold, donated, or lent” nearly two dozen works looted from Italian sites.
PURCHASE INFORMATION: Dealer: Edoardo Almagià, New York (May 15, 1998)
PROVENANCE SUPPLIED: English collection
PROPOSED METHOD OF DISPOSAL: Long-term loan to DMA, if approved by Italian government; eventual return to Italy
CRITERIA FOR DEACCESSIONING: A request from the Italian government for restitution, with compelling evidence, including photographs, that object was looted and/or illegally exported