Toledo Museum of Art Returns 2,500-Year-Old Water Jug to Italy

On Tuesday, officials from the Toledo Museum of Art officially turned over an ancient water jug to the Italian government after investigators determined that it had likely been illegally dug up from that country years ago.

Officials turned over the 2,500-year-old water jug that the museum purchased 30 years ago from antiquities dealers out of Switzerland. Authorities believe that the ancient artifact was likely illegally excavated in Italy, smuggled to Switzerland, and then given a forged record of ownership.

According to U.S. Immigration and Customs investigators the water jug was part of a larger scheme by the art dealers to sell items obtained illegally.

The museum agreed in June to return the 20-inch tall vessel following a federal investigation that started in 2010.