Turkish Cargo transports third century statue

By Damian Brett

Turkish Cargo has transported a third century statue from the US to Turkey.

The statue of the mother goddess Kybele was trafficked abroad from Turkey in 1970 but was flown back by the Istanbul-hubbed airline on one of its Boeing 777 freighters on December 12.

“The Statue of Kybele, which was brought to Istanbul from New York on December 12 with the sponsorship of Turkish Airlines following great legal efforts of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, will be exhibited in the Istanbul Archeology Museum for a set amount of time,” the airline said.

“Performing with the utmost care for the shipments of historical artifacts, Turkish Cargo brought the Statue of Cybele, the mother goddess which is believed to be the symbol and guardian of abundance, back to the lands it belongs after nearly 60 years.”

In the recent years, Turkish Cargo carried historical artifacts from Topkapı and Dolmabahce Palaces to Japan, contributed to the return of the missing pieces of the Gypsy Girl Mosaic to its homeland, carried more than 50 masterpieces from Paris Louvre Museum to Tehran and successfully transported the Sarcophagus of Hercules of the Roman Era from Geneva to Istanbul.

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