Thessaloniki: arrest for posting an advertisement for the sale of an 18th-century Russian icon

A 56-year-old woman was arrested in Thessaloniki for posting an advertisement for the sale of an 18th-century icon.

She tried to sell an ancient icon via the Internet, where an appropriate ad was placed.

This is an object of art and culture of the XVIII-XIX centuries with the image of St. Panteleimon. The Thessaloniki Department of Cultural Heritage and Antiquities Security Police found that the seller asked the potential buyer for 700 euros.

In addition to the aforementioned icon, an icon of the Theotokos (Brefokratus), painted by Russian icon painters, of the same period, was found with the woman.

Valuable cultural heritage items were confiscated and presented for assessment to specialists of the Department of antiquities (Ephorate of Antiquities) Thessaloniki.

Archaeologists have ruled that icons are subject to the protective provisions of the law for the protection of antiquities and cultural heritage in general.

A case has been initiated against the woman in the prosecutor’s office of Thessaloniki.

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