Fifth-Century Persian Panel, Stolen From Montreal Museum, Found 2,000 Miles Away in Edmonton

(Courtesy AXA Art)

(Courtesy AXA Art)

A Persian Achaemenid bas-relief panel that was stolen from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in 2011 was discovered 2,000 miles away in Edmonton, the capital of the Canadian province of Alberta. The panel has been returned to the museum, according to a release from AXA Art Insurance. The panel dates from the 5th century B.C., and is worth “hundreds of thousands of dollars.”

In a statement, AXA Art said, “Given the difficulties involved in the recovery of stolen artwork we would like to acknowledge the diligence and extraordinary efforts of the Sûreté du Québec and Royal Canadian Mounted Police, in collaboration with our Loss Adjuster, in securing the return of this precious cultural property.  The recovery should serve as encouragement for on-going investigations and as a deterrent for similar crimes.”