LOS ANGELES - An Armenian church based in La Crescenta has filed a civil lawsuit against the Getty over seven illustrated Bible pages that the museum has in its collection.
The Armenian Apostolic Church of America filed the lawsuit
Tuesday to demand the return of the pages, which were illustrated
by T'oros Roslin and date back to 1256.
The Western Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of Americas is requesting that the pages be returned.
"We expect the Getty to do the right thing," Levon Kirakosian, a spokesman for the prelacy, told the Glendale News-Press.
The Getty acquired them from a private collector in 1994.
The lawsuit says the church had the Bible authenticated in 1947
or 1948 and it was returned with the pages missing.
Getty spokeswoman Julie Jaskol says the museum legally owns the
papers that it calls the Canon Tables, and that they have been
widely published, studied and exhibited.
The rest of the handwritten Armenian Bible is at a museum in