Amsterdam's Allard Pierson Museum keeps disputed Crimea treasure to avoid legal fight
THE HAGUE (AFP).- A Dutch museum said on Wednesday it would delay the return of Crimean archaeological treasures it is exhibiting, fearing a legal tussle with either Russia or Ukraine.
The priceless medieval artefacts, on loan from four Crimean museums, went on display at Amsterdam’s Allard Pierson Museum in February, less than a month before the peninsula was annexed by Russia.
The museums, now under Russian authority, have asked for them to be returned, while the Ukrainian government in Kiev has also claimed the treasures.
The exhibition, entitled “The Crimea: Gold and Secrets from the Black Sea”, features items spanning the 2nd century BC to the late medieval era, including a ceremonial Scythian helmet made from gold, as well as a lacquered box, originally from China, which in Roman times found its way to Crimea via the Silk Road. Read more.