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"I have zero tolerance for you, zero," is the message Culture Minister Ghattas Khoury has sent to antiquities traffickers.The marble sculptures – a bull's head, the subject of a lengthy legal battle, and four male torsos – were unveiled earlier this month during a news conference at Beirut's National Museum, their new home.The MET's director knew the research of Swiss archaeologist Rolf Stucky, who'd visited the dig site in the '70s. He noticed striking similarities between the artifact the MET had borrowed and the, later stolen, "Bull's Head" Stucky had documented. The "Bull's Head" and the "Statue of a Calf Bearer," (sixth century) found in the same collection, were the subject of yearlong court case that concluded in June 2017 .Another torso, "Statue of a Male," dating from the fourth century and excavated in 1972, was returned voluntarily from a New York collector after the Art Loss Register notified the DGA.Nine artifacts have been returned to Lebanon since 1991, including four pieces that Stucky noticed in a Zurich art gallery's sale catalogue.
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