In this photo released by the J. Paul Getty Trust, An overall view of the 450-seat outdoor classical theatre outside the J.Paul Getty Museum in Malibu, Calif., is seen Jan. 28, 2006. / Bob Riha, Jr., AP
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles says it is returning a 12th century Byzantine Illuminated New Testament manuscript to a monastery in Greece.
The museum said Monday it acquired the manuscript in 1983 as part of a large and well documented collection of artifacts.
Museum officials say they recently uncovered evidence, however, that the manuscript was never legally transferred from the Monastery of Dionysiou on Greece's Mount Athos.
It will remain at the Getty Center until June 22 as part of an exhibition called "Heaven and Earth: Byzantine Illumination at the Cultural Crossroads."
In recent years the museum has returned several artifacts to Greece and Italy that the nations complained were taken from their countries illegally.
Museum officials say they have never knowingly acquired any disputed artifacts.
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