Victorious Youth bronze; "Getty Bronze,"
Italy has offered an olive branch to a US museum by proposing a deal under which a long-disputed ancient statue could be shared.
The "Victorious Youth" bronze, which dates from 300-100BC, was pulled from the sea by Italian fishermen in 1964 off the eastern town of Fano.
The Getty Museum in Los Angeles says it bought the piece, also known as the "Getty Bronze," in good faith in 1977 for $4 million (£2.5m).
The Getty Museum, right, says it bought the piece, also known as the 'Getty Bronze,' in good faith in 1977 Photo: GETTY/ALAMY
But last year an Italian court ordered it to be returned, ruling that it had been exported illegally. The museum is appealing.
Gian Mario Spacca, president of the Italian region of Marche where the statue was found, has now met with officials from the museum and offered the share deal.
He said: "We are not here to declare war on the Getty. We are here to resolve the dispute in a way that will benefit the museum, the people of Italy, and most important, art lovers around the world."