?The five ancient sculptures on display at Beirut’s National Museum. REUTERS/Jamal Saidi
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After a yearlong legal battle, five antiquities originally unearthed in Lebanon were formally unveiled at the National Museum Friday. The five marble sculptures – one bull's head and four male torsos – from the Hellenistic period were initially excavated from Eshmun Temple in Sidon between 1963 and 1978 .The "Bull's Head" and two male statues were found in New York in two different private collections."Bull's Head" (dating from the fourth century B.C. and excavated in 1967) and the "Statue of a Calf Bearer" (sixth century B.C.) were the object of a June 2017 court case argued pro bono by American law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.The fifth century B.C. nude was unearthed in 1972 .
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