12 priceless pieces of «Gypsy Girl» who were kidnapped abroad from Zeugma Ancient City within the boundaries of Belkıs Quarter in Nizip district of Gaziantep were brought from the USA. Turkey has struggled to get back the pieces for 6 years and that is received in the US in November, «Gypsy Girl»‘s pieces are now in Turkey. The ‘Zeugma Gypsy Girl’ mosaic pieces which were in the Bowling Green State University, Ohio, USA were brought to Turkey with Turkish Airlines plane.
The parts of the mosaic «Gypsy Girl» were receivedby a delivery ceremony in november. In the ceremony there were, the officialsof Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Turkey’s Chicago Consul General Umut Acar, Washington Culture and Promotion Advisor Sedat Gönüllüoğlu, Bowling GreenState University Warden Dr. RodneyRogers and the scientists who took part in the process. The lost 12 pieces ofthe «Gypsy Girl» mosaic that was kidnapped abroad from the ZeugmaAntique City within the borders of Belkıs Mahallesi in Nizip district ofGaziantep was taken abroad during the illegal excavations in Zeugma Ruins in1960sIn 1965, the Zeugma Mosaics, purchased from the art dealer of the PeterMarks in exchange for 35,000 dollars by Bowling Green State University, wereexhibited at the entrance of the university’s Wolfe Art Center.
12 pieces of the «Gypsy Girl» mosaic brought to Gaziantep from the USA were opened to visitors last week with a ceremony attended by the Minister of Culture and Tourism Mehmet Nuri Ersoy in the Zeugma Mosaic Museum.
Culture and Tourism Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy said that since the discovery of the Zeugma Ancient City in 1998, it is a cultural bridge between the 2nd century and today’s world.
Today, the Gypsy Girl’s mosaic, which turned into a real brand, may have belonged to the «goddess Gaia» or to Alexander the Great or another person in mythology.
Mr. Nuri Ersoy continued «Except for scientific data, if there is one thing that is certain about this portrait, it is that our memories are engraved as part of our cultural history. This sense of belonging that carries cultural heritage beyond being a material. For this reason, cultural heritage is a strong commitment to sharing the same feelings. Today, we are strengthening the strength of this bond. 12 pieces of the composition depicting the Gypsy Girl and the unique mosaic meet us in our home country. I believe that this reconciliation will increase the interest in our Zeugma Museum, which broke its visitor record with 251 thousand visitors in the first 11 months. I would like to underline that one of the basis of our policies to have the cultural heritage of all civilizations that lived in our lands. We will be the followers of the return of the cultural assets detached from this geography. This is a requirement of our responsibility to our country and to all mankind.»
The female head figure found among the pieces was named «Belkıs», the name of the village where the mosaics were removed. On the mosaic piece of the gypsy mosaic, 12 mosaic pieces are depicted as satir, pan mask, indian peacock and maenad mask.
Zeugma Museum can be visited in Gaziantep, Turkey.