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Trade decries US crackdown on antiquities

Demands for ‘looted’ items to be returned could be ‘disastrous’ for the dealers

Antiquities trade bodies say that US state demands for a Persian limestone relief to be returned to Iran are part of a ‘witch hunt’ causing ‘fear and concern’ among dealers.

The District Attorney of New York filed a claim on May 24 with the state’s Supreme Court calling for the return of the relief to Iran, on the grounds that it was looted from the country in the 1930s.

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