The mother goddess “Kybele Statue”, believed to be the symbol and protector of abundance in prehistoric times, will reach the land where she was born approximately 60 years later.
Israel was taken illegally from Turkey sold "Cybele" After thousands of kilometers trip from America to reach the motherland.
The result of great efforts of the Culture and Tourism Ministry, the auction house sold a thousand 700 years to the desired "Statue of Cybele" will be transported free of charge by Turkish Airlines on 12 December in Turkey.
The statue, which will be promoted by the Minister of Culture and Tourism Mehmet Nuri Ersoy on December 13, will be exhibited at the Istanbul Archeology Museum.
“Kybele”, a votive statue, will later be moved to the new museum to be built in Afyonkarahisar.
The Story of the Long Journey
Turkey from the 1970s, Israel kidnapped "Statue of Cybele" is tarihlendiriliy 3rd century after Christ experts.
As a result of the examinations, it is understood that the sculpture in question is of Anatolian origin, in the light of the typological feature, the type of marble used, the workmanship and the information obtained from the inscription.
In the process of returning a piece from Israel to the United States to be sold at an auction house, the Ministry's persistent pursuit and the final conciliatory approach of the owner of the work play an important role.
The details of the long journey story are as follows:
Roman work of reaching Israel illegally from Turkey that "Cybele" which is purchased by an Israeli citizen.
The person holding the work, who applied to the Israeli authorities in 2016 to take it abroad, declares that the statue is of Anatolian origin.
The work on the transmission of photos of the Israeli authorities to Turkey are beginning to follow immediately.
The Ministry of Culture and Tourism reports that the work is of Anatolian origin when it is about to reach America.
However, after the owner wanted to sell the statue through an auction house, the Ministry requested the US authorities to stop the sale.
After this follow-up, the owner of the work filed a lawsuit in the United States, stating that he owns the sculpture, which he declared as his own, as a bona fide buyer.
Culture and Tourism Ministry, Foreign Ministry and Turkey's Consulate General in New York "Cybele" The bears returned to the court about the allegations against.
On the other hand, efforts are continuing to prove that the work belongs to our country. These studies are also carried out with the contributions of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the Ministry of Internal Affairs General Directorate of Security and the Anti-Smuggling and Organized Crime Departments of the Gendarmerie General Command.
The typological resemblance of the statue to the "Kovalık Works", which was found in a road study in Afyonkarahisar in 1964 and exhibited in the museum of the province, was emphasized by the experts of the Istanbul Archeology Museum, under the coordination of the law enforcement officers, in the area where the works were thought to have been unearthed by the Afyonkarahisar Museum Directorate. The information of people living in the previous years is consulted
These people state that a person, who is also known from the forensic records that he smuggled cultural property, was in the region in the 1960s and purchased cultural property from a person who illegally excavated in his village.
Furthermore, the expression can describe the photo without seeing the statue of one person and kidnapped referenced "Statue of Cybele" of the work can choose from other similar sculptures found in photographs constitute evidence that the promoters in Turkey.
The family of the late Hasan Tahsin Uçankuş, who served as the Director of the Afyonkarahisar Museum during the years when the statue was unearthed, is opening his personal archive to the Ministry experts.
Experts, who found a number of documents in the examinations made in Hasan Tahsin Bey's archive, conclude that the historical artifact smuggling incident in Afyonkarahisar could be related to a person who lived in Konya at that time.
The fact that this person is the same person as the person named in the witness testimony in Afyonkarahisar increases the consistency of the witness testimony.
Accessing information about the raid on the house of the person in Konya in the 1960s shows that this person had similar artifacts from Afyonkarahisar to smuggle abroad.
The prosecution documents found by the Konya Museum Directorate reveal that there were smuggling activities in the aforementioned area in Afyonkarahisar and provide additional evidence regarding the illegal acquisition of similar artifacts.
Scientific evidence and documents relating to the work of smuggling incidents occur in Afyonkarahisar with the statements of witnesses living in the region in the years when issued "Statue of Cybele" is confirming that it belonged to Turkey.
Turkey's rapid and rigorous follow-up work has to be seen from the start as a result of litigation in America "Kybl Statue" of showing a conciliatory attitude will agree to return to Turkey.
About the Kybele Statue
Since prehistoric times, Kybele has been worshiped as Mother Goddess, the symbol and protector of fertility and abundance in the Mediterranean Basin, especially in Anatolia.
The lions on both sides of Kybele show the dominance of the mother goddess over nature and animals.
In ancient social and religious life, it is a common tradition for people to make offerings to gods or goddesses in order to honor the divine presence they believe in or what they wish to have.
Materials offered to temples or sanctuaries to honor God are regarded as 'votive objects'.
Depending on the social and economic status of the person, votive objects range from a simple piece of stone to a spectacular sculpture.
As it is included in the inscription, this Kybele Statue presented to the Mother Twelve Gods by Asclepiades of Sideropolis is a votive statue.
In the inscription section on the base of the statue, there is the statement "The son of Hermeios erected the sacrifice of Asclepiades from Sideropolis to the Mother Twelve Gods".