168 cultural artifacts of pre-Colombian origin will be returned to Peru by the Mexican Foreign Ministry. Hundreds of vases, textiles, and figures that originated from six different civilizations, including Moche, Nazca, Wari, Chimu, Chancay and Sican were returned.
The repatriation of these artifacts was facilitated by an official agreement regarding stolen cultural assets that was signed between both countries. The agreement, called the Convention for the Protection and Recovery of Stolen Archaeological, Historical and Cultural Assets, was signed in 2002 in a show of mutual respect and friendship.
The Mexican Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Peru is a “nation with which Mexico shares a deep friendship and a solid relationship”. The director of the Mexican National Institute of Anthropology and History, Diego Prieto, described the artifacts as belonging to a wide range of ceramic and textile pieces that had been carved in a variety of different materials, including bone and shell.
Julio Garro Galvez, The Peruvian Ambassador to Mexico, thanked Mexico for its commitment to preserving and protecting Peruvian heritage and for honoring the agreement between the two nations.