By Vatican News staff reporter
On Wednesday, a man in a state of agitation threw down two ancient Roman busts preserved in the Chiaramonti Gallery of the Vatican Museums, which date back to the 1st century.
He was handed over by the Vatican Gendarmerie to the Italian police for questioning.
Reports say the man was an American tourist of Egyptian origin, about sixty years old, who had been in Rome for three days.
The marble base of a bust was shattered, while one ear and one nose of the two faces were slightly damaged.
The sculptures were immediately transferred to the Stone Materials Restoration Laboratory of the Vatican Museums.