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Ivory sculpture is linked to lost Midas throne

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A 9-inch ivory sculpture found decades ago in Greece may be part of the lost throne of King Midas, a University of Pennsylvania archaeologist said.

The throne belonging to the king, whose wealth inspired the myth that he could turn anything he touched into gold, disappeared around 400 B.C.

Keith DeVries, an associate curator at the university's Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, said Wednesday that he believes the ivory statuette of a lion tamer once adorned Midas' seat of power.

The sculpture was found in 1939 in Delphi, Greece, but historians have been unable to agree on its origin.