Turkey, Culture

Turkey: 13th-century painting of Jesus under protection

Painting showing Jesus' crucifixion seized in central Turkey on Tuesday now safe in custody of local museum

20.02.2019
Turkey: 13th-century painting of Jesus under protection

By Ramazan Kaya

KAYSERI, Turkey

A 13th-century painting of the crucifixion of Jesus seized by Turkish anti-smuggling police has been put under the protection of the Turkish state, authorities said Wednesday.

A museum in Kayseri, the central Turkish province where police found the painting during a raid on a suspected antiquities smuggler, put the artwork under its protection.

A delegation from Turkey’s Cultural and Natural Heritage Preservation Board is expected to release a report on the painting’s provenance after a thorough investigation.

The painting's value has reportedly been estimated at 5 million Turkish liras (around $1 million).

The suspect arrested on Tuesday over the incident is reportedly an international trader.

On Tuesday, Turkish forces seized the painting, measuring 200 x 140 centimeters, showing the crucified Jesus with three bystanders, and including Latin and Hebrew writing.

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