The bull's head is set to be repatriated in the coming weeks. (The Daily Star/Culture Ministry, HO)
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An ancient carved bull's head stolen from Sidon during the Civil War will soon return to Lebanon after several months of legal hurdles and contested ownership.The marble bull's head made waves in August when the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art released custody of the object to the New York District Attorney following concerns that the antiquity had been stolen.At the time, the bull's head was at the Met under a loan from high-end art collector Michael H. Steinhardt. The couple, represented by William Pearlstein – a New York-based lawyer specializing in the art market – argued at the time that neither the DGA in Lebanon nor the Met Museum had shown sufficient proof that the antiquity was stolen.Matthew Bogdanos, Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan, independently representing the interests of the antiquity argued otherwise.
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