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Tomb Robbery


Vergina, Greece September 2001 an archaeological tomb was vandelized.  Specifically marble statuettes were stolen from the throne of Queen Eurydice / Eurydike / Euridice.  She was the mother of Philip II of Macadon and grandmother of Alexander the Great. 

The Throne of Eurydice
is an extraordinary example of Grecian fine art c. 340 BCE.  The polychrome painted marble throne was discovered in 1987 in the royal tombs of Macadon.  Sometime between Aug 13, 2001 and Sept. 9, 2001 thieves hacked six details from the larger piece.  Each of these pieces are beautiful statuettes in their own right.  They include three marble female figures 12 cm high, and three colored statues of sphinx figures.

For those interested in a little technical background on the larger
artwork see MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGIES OF ANCIENT MONUMENTAL PAINTINGS:METHODOLOGY AND ANALYSIS OF THE PAINTED THRONE FROM THE 'TOMB OF EURYDICE', VERGINA
http://www.archaeometry.gr/eae/eae/abstracts/s5-1.html


If you have any information about this case please contact the appropriate officials.

Greek Ministry of Culture

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