Palmyra statue shop-worn by Islamic State goes on arrangement in Damascus


DAMASCUS (Reuters) – A 2,000-year aged statue badly shop-worn by Islamic State in Palmyra went on arrangement on Sunday in Damascus after being restored.

The Lion of Al-Lat statue was one of several ancient monuments shop-worn by Islamic State during Palmyra, a ancient city in executive Syria that a jihadists have twice seized from supervision control during a six-year-long war.

The 15-tonne statue was shop-worn by Islamic State in 2015 during a initial spell in control of Palmyra. It was changed to Damascus for replacement when Syrian supervision army recovered a city with Russian troops support in March, 2016.

“It is an well-developed statue, there are no some-more such statues in Palmyra,” pronounced Bartosz Markowski, a Polish archaeologist who spent around dual months restoring it. Around half a easy statue was original, he said.

“It was an internationally famous pitch of Palmyra, it was station in front of a museum. Every traveller visiting Palmyra and a museum had a print with it,” he said. The replacement was saved by a U.N. informative group UNESCO.

The statue, that is 345 centimeters (11 feet) high, was detected during a church of Al-Lat in Palmyra in 1977 by Polish archaeologists.

The statue will be on arrangement during a National Museum of Damascus for a foreseeable destiny though might eventually be returned to a place in Palmyra, Mahmoud Hammoud, a executive of Syrian antiquities, said.

Islamic State also broken Palmyra’s famous Triumphal Arch during a initial spell in control of a city.

Islamic State overran Palmyra for a second time in December, 2016. It broken tools of a Tetrapylon, a relic imprinting a hook in a ancient colonnade, and a masquerade of a second-century Roman Theater before it was driven from a city in Mar this year.

Reporting by Kinda Makieh; Writing by Tom Perry. Editing by Jane Merriman


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