22 Nov 2011

Roman marble portrait head of Marcus Aurelius

Roman marble portrait head of Marcus Aurelius Image

Roman marble portrait head of Marcus Aurelius

A Roman marble head of Marcus Aurelius, stolen on the 22nd December 1996, along with nine Roman portraits, from a museum in Skikda, Algeria.  The Art Loss Register was alerted of the theft and all nine heads were registered on the company’s database of lost and stolen art and antiques. 

During one of the ALR’s routine catalogue searches of a specialist antiquities sale in New York, June 2004, a Roman marble portrait bust of the emperor Marcus Aurelius was matched with the marble portrait stolen from Algeria.
The ALR confirmed that this was indeed a match and worked with Interpol, who originally circulated the details of the theft and pulled the piece from the sale.

The ALR then worked with the United States law enforcement/customs to repatriate the marble head to the Algerian Cultural Ministry.