NEW YORK — An ancient vase that for years was housed in the elegant galleries of the Metropolitan Museum of Art is taking up space in a much different place — the offices of the Manhattan district attorney.

A warrant was issued July 24 for the vase over questions of its provenance and whether it was looted from Italy.

The museum says it has been working to resolve the issue, and took the piece off display when first contacted by the district attorney’s office in recent months. It turned the vase over to officials on July 25.

The artifact is a bell krater, used to hold wine. The warrant says it dated back to 360-350 B.C. and has an image of the Greek god Dionysus (dy-oh-NY’-suhs) being pulled in a cart.