A bust of a priest discovered at the Geneva Free Port.

Stolen Antiquities Discovered at Geneva Freeport

Antiquities stolen from ancient sites in Yemen, Libya, and Palmyra have been seized by Swiss authorities at the Geneva Freeport, writes Hannah McGivern of the Art Newspaper. The objects, which range from the fourth century BCE to the third century CE, were placed in clandestine tax-free warehouses between 2009 and 2010, said a public prosecutor in Geneva. The works—two funerary reliefs, a table, a pair of steles, and a bust of a priest, among other pieces—were discovered during a customs inspection in 2013 and verified by culture authorities last year in Bern. A criminal investigation into the artifacts ended on November 22, though no arrests were made. It is believed that six of the artworks were shipped from Qatar and the UAE to Switzerland.

The pieces are in fine condition and will be placed in Geneva’s Musée d’Art et d’Histore until they are repatriated to their countries of origin.