11 Cultural Assets Returned to Mexico from Denmark, Canada, and United States

Mexico Recovers 11 Artifacts Considered Part of Its National Cultural Heritage

The National Institute of Anthropology and History of Mexico reported that the Federal Ministry of Culture has received 11 artifacts on Tuesday, January 25, 2023, including four pre-Hispanic figurines, six pieces of talavera and a mammoth molar. The pieces were retrieved by the diplomatic representations of Mexico in Denmark, Canada and the United States as they are part of Mexico’s cultural heritage per Federal Law on Monuments and Archeological, Artistic and Historical Zones.
The two lobed anthropomorphic figures possibly originating in Homonimous, San Luis Potosí, Mexico, and taken to the Consulate of Albuquerque, New Mexico, in the United States, were included in the set of pieces. Six colonial pieces of Talavera from three vases, two albarelos and a religious mosaic with motifs, which were voluntarily submitted to the Consulate of El Paso, Texas, in the United States, were also included.

The Mexican Government stated that retrieving these pieces embodies the cooperation between the government and other countries for the protection of heritage assets, as well as a display of good international practice for the conservation of nations’ historical past and the commitment of individuals to the restoration of cultural objects to their places of origin. Throughout the government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Mexico has already recovered 9000 pieces of national heritage from abroad, as the president has made this a priority since his election in December 2018. Although not always successful, Mexico has combatted auctions which include stolen objects or those that belong to Mexican cultural heritage in various cities including New York, Paris and Rome, and has intensified lawsuits against foreign governments to recover archaeological and artistic pieces.

In this way, the restitution of historical pieces to their place of origin reinforces Mexico’s commitment to protecting its rich cultural heritage and its efforts against the illegal auctions which take place in Mexico and around the globe.

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