‘Ancient’ vase repatriated from UK to Greece faces fresh forgery claim

Exclusive: Archaeologist says 5th-century BC wine vase with modern decoration widely regarded as fake

Days after Greece announced the recovery of hundreds of antiquities from a disgraced British dealer, its ministry of culture faces the accusation that one of those artefacts, a vase of the early 5th-century BC, bears a decoration that is in fact a “modern forgery” created in the 1990s.

Christos Tsirogiannis, an archaeologist based in Cambridge, expressed astonishment that the ministry had included the olpe – a vase for wine – among treasured ancient objects that will be coming home.

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