Getty on Folios from Zeytun Gospel — To Return or Not To Return?
The Armenians challenge Getty’s possession, asserting that the Museum either knew the pages were stolen or failed to do appropriate provenance research. The Armenians note that these were pages from a manuscript that had been a treasure of the Armenian church since the 13th century. Lawyers representing the Armenian church have to argue both that the manuscript is a national treasure of great historical importance, and that it is not surprising that the discovery that pages were missing is only as recent as 2006. The folios were in a private collection in the United States for at least 60 years.
For details, read LA Times report.