Scythian gold returns to Ukraine
The Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam has handed over artefacts belonging to four Ukrainian museums in Russian-occupied Crimea to the National Museum of the History of Ukraine in Kyiv. The treasures had been shown in an exhibition entitled "Crimea: Gold and Secrets of the Black Sea" and stored in the Netherlands for almost 10 years.
This was announced by the National Museum of the History of Ukraine, where the Scythian gold will remain until Crimea is liberated.
"Crimean treasures have come back to Ukraine from the Netherlands! After almost 10 years of legal action, artefacts from four Crimean museums which were shown in the ‘Crimea: Gold and Secrets of the Black Sea’ exhibition in Amsterdam have made their way back to Ukraine," the museum said.Fedir Androshchuk, Director General of the National Museum of the History of Ukraine, said the institution would make every effort to preserve the recovered items. "During the legal disputes, our museum was designated as the place where the artefacts belonging to the Crimean museums should be stored. Therefore, the museum will make every effort to preserve them and to ensure that Ukrainian citizens and visitors to Ukraine can see them," Androshchuk emphasised.Androshchuk also stressed that since the collection's fate has gained international political resonance, its condition is now under international scrutiny: "This, in turn, places responsibility on all those who stood behind the political decision to move the collection back to war-torn Ukraine. They must provide it with unprecedented protection and provide appropriate economic support to the National Museum of the History of Ukraine."
The museum said a total of 565 objects have been recovered, including antique sculptures, Scythian and Sarmatian jewellery, and Chinese lacquer boxes dating back 2,000 years. The Crimean museums’ artefacts were independently inspected in November, meticulously packed according to museum rules, and then transported to Kyiv.
Ukraine's State Customs Service reported that it had started customs clearance of the Scythian gold and posted a video of it being transported by lorry to the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra (Kyiv’s Monastery of the Caves).
"A lorry carrying 2.7 tonnes of cultural treasures known as 'Scythian gold' has now entered the territory of the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra, where customs officers will identify the valuables in the Treasury of the National Museum of the History of Ukraine," customs officials said.
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