Greece's archaeological service has approved the temporary loan of 121 ancient Greek artifacts from collections in regional archaeological services and Greek museums to the Onassis Cultural Center in New York for an exhibition entitled "Transition: from the Ancient to Byzantine World".
The loan - extending from December 6, 2011 until May 21, 2012 - was approved during a meeting of Greece's Central Archaeological Council on Tuesday. The exhibition will be housed in the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation's Olympic Tower and run from early December until May 14, 2012.

Also approved was the loan of 11 items from the collections of the Benaki Museum in Athens, one item from the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens and five items from the Stamatia Tsolozidi-Zisiadi collection, which are to be loaned from November 1, 2011 until May 30, 2012.

The exhibition's theme will be the transition from late antiquity to the Byzantine era, covering the period up until the end of the early Byzantine period in the 7th century A.D.

The antiquities loaned from state museums will include 15 artifacts from the National Archaeological Museum, 25 from the Byzantine and Christian Museum, 19 from the Numismatic Museum, nine from the Thessaloniki Archaeological Museum and four from the Acropolis Museum.