• Back to Cyprus: Experts identify smuggled Cypriot icons

    When Cypriot authorities heard that the Charles Pankow Foundation had put six Cypriot icons up for auction at Sotheby’s in New York, they called in icons expert Maria C. Paphiti to look into the matter. It was concluded that five of the icons were illegally exported from the Turkish occupied areas of Cyprus, and one was stolen in 1936.

    Upon notification of the discovery, the Pankow Foundation relinquished ownership of the icons to the Church of Cyprus which in turn agrees to pay a token maintenance fee to the Foundation.

    Maria C. Paphiti discussed how the icons were identified at a ceremony to celebrate the recovery of the icons at The Consulate of Cyprus in New York on January 10, 2007. She shares her presentation here with SAFE.

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