Mohammad Hassan Talebian said that the Interpol chief in Iran was informed last year of discovery of ancient Iranian works in Austria.
“There were some bronze objects related to Lorestan, samples of which are kept in Museums of Iran,” he added.
“Among pictures there were a steel Rhyton related to Achaemenid era and a bronze bust related to Sassanid era,” he noted.
In relevant remarks, Chairman of Iranian Interpol Brigadier-General Hadi Shirzad said on April 27 that a European country will give back artifacts including antique gold and silver objects dating back to ancient Iran.
“According to the Interpol, a European bank was repairing its building. They reopened the safe deposit box inside the bank during which they realized that the owner of one of the boxes holds a number of antique gold and silver objects in its box,” Shirzad said.
“Ragarding the importance of the issue, through examinations by experienced cultural heritage experts, it was determined that the objects belonged to ancient Iran of the Achaemenid, Parthian and Sassanid eras and the owner of the fund is an Iranian citizen," he added.
He continued, "After informing Tehran Interpol, with probes Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization said that the objects belong to the Islamic Republic of Iran. So, coordination was made with the Judiciary."