Hanover museum returns stolen 7th-century BC wine jug to Greece

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The Ministry of Culture announced on Tuesday that the Municipality of Hanover and the August Kestner Museum returned an oenochoe, or wine jug, from the 7th century BC that had been removed from Greece during the German occupation in World War II.

Mayor of Hanover Belit Onay handed it over in a ceremony, joined by Greece’s Consul General Ioannis Vikelidis and others.
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The oenochoe, which has a trefoil-shaped mouth and a cover, is dated to 620-600 BC. Traces of the decoration around its neck are still visible.

The vessel had been given to the August Kestner Museum by geology professor Hannfrit Putzer in 1986. It was accompanied by a letter of provenance, which said it had been handed over to him after being discovered by Germans in 1943 during excavations at the southernmost end of the Corinth Canal. The vessel 

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