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Riace Bronzes in Carnival night at the museum

Famed warrior statues stars of special late Saturday opening

27 February, 16:31
Riace Bronzes in Carnival night at the museum (ANSA) - Reggio Calabria, February 27 - The Riace Bronzes will be the stars of a special one-night opening of Reggio Calabria's archaeological museum for Carnival on Saturday.

The world-famous statues, a supreme achievement of the pre-Roman southern Italian civilisation known as Magna Graecia, recently returned to the museum after a two-year restoration.

The full-size bronzes of naked bearded warriors, cast about 460-420 BC, were found in the sea near the coastal Calabrian town of Riace in 1972.

They emerged from conservation in 1981, when their public display in Florence and Rome was the cultural event of that year in Italy. Now considered one of the symbols of Calabria, the bronzes were commemorated by a pair of Italian postage stamps and have also been widely reproduced.