Yesterday, the Peruvian Government presented a batch of about 1,700 archaeological pieces and works of art that were recovered from nine different countries after being taken from Peru by illegal traffickers.
“The objects and artifacts come from Argentina, Australia, Colombia, Ecuador, United States, Holland, United Kingdom, Sweden and Switzerland, where they were returned voluntarily or after sustaining long litigation in the courts”, said El Comercio.
Among the recovered objects were some from the pre-Hispanic cultures Nasca, Mochica, Chancay, Huari and Inca, according to information from the Peruvian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Néstor Popolizio.
One of the most outstanding pieces that were recovered is a loom of the Moche civilization, which was returned by the Ethnographic Museum of Leiden in Holland. Also, a religious painting called “The creation of Eva”, which was stolen in 1991 from a church in the central region of Junín.
“Minister Popolizio wished that these pieces could be exhibited soon in the National Museum of Archeology that is being built in Lima and that it qualified as one of the country’s landmarks in the framework of the bicentennial of independence, which will be celebrated in 2021”, you can read in El Comercio.
Recently, on September 6, a Sicán Mask was recovered in Peru after a 19-year judicial process that began in 1999 when the Interpol Office in Wiesbaden, Germany seized it. Nevertheless, this is just one of the many objects that have been stolen over time by illegal traffickers.