Italy re­turns 17th cen­tury tomb­stone to Iran

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ROME — Italy has re­turned to Iran a 17th cen­tury tomb­stone, fea­tur­ing Ara­bic and Farsi in­scrip­tions, that po­lice found aban­doned near a ceme­tery out­side Rome.

Italy’s cara­binieri art squad or­ga­nized a han­dover cer­e­mony Mon­day to de­liver the tomb­stone to Ira­nian Am­bas­sador Ja­han­bakhsh Mozaf­fari. Italy has been on a decades­long cam­paign to re­cover price­less ar­ti­facts that were looted from Italy and ended up in top-end mu­se­ums and pri­vate col­lec­tions around the globe. Po­lice said the re­turn of the tomb­stone was “ev­i­dence of the im- por­tance that Italy places on the cul­ture of resti­tu­tion.”

Po­lice didn’t es­ti­mate the value of the tomb­stone, or ex­plain how it was be­lieved to have ar­rived in Italy. A state­ment said only that it had been aban­doned near the Fer­entino ceme­tery near Frosi­none and was found in Au­gust 2015.

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