Four antiquities collectors in Grosseto stand accused of illicit detention and possession of property belonging to the state after officers from Italy’s Guardia di Finanza seized more than 200 undocumented ancient objects uncovered during asset controls in the garden of a villa. The search and seizure warrant was issued by the Public Prosecutor of Rome. Some of the pieces recovered date back to the Roman imperial age and depict various inscriptions and scenes of Mithraism. In addition to these, law enforcement officers seized marble heads and busts, including the one of Jupiter pictured in the header of this article, and another of Faustina Maggiore. Also seized was an ancient sarcophagus, unfortunately converted into a utilitarian planter, a full-body statue of a female, attic pottery, columns, and pedestals. Many are in poor condition, perhaps due to exposure to the elements.As part of this investigation, Italy’s finance police raided 22 residences in three regions: Lazio, Sicily, and Tuscany. Eleven suspects have been placed under investigation.
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