Lost Caligula mo­saic re­turned to Italy

Timeless Travels Magazine - - ARCHAEOLOG­ICAL NEWS -

Amo­saic used as floor­ing from one of Caligula’s lav­ish plea­sure barges has been re­turned to Italy from the USA. Bought in good faith by a Man­hat­tan art dealer in the 1960s, they were un­aware of its prove­nance and used it as a cof­fee ta­ble.

Caligua liked to sail his barges on lakes near Rome, and this mo­saic was re­cov­ered from Lake Nemi, in the Al­ban Hills out­side the cap­i­tal by Mus­solini. How­ever, it dis­ap­peared dur­ing fight­ing be­tween the Al­lies and the re­treat­ing Ger­mans.

De­tec­tives from a unit of Italy’s Cara­binieri po­lice force, which spe­cialises in re­cov­er­ing stolen arte­facts, tracked the mo­saic down to New York with the help of US au­thor­i­ties. The price­less item will be re­turned to the Museum of Ro­man Ships on the banks of Lake Nemi.

The re­turned mo­saic from the bridge of Caligula’s plea­sure boat

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