Peru gets back ancient mask after years of negotiating
The Sican Mask, an important artifact of the Sican culture, has returned to Peru after nearly 20 years of legal proceedings. The ancient mask had been stolen from Peru in 1999 and had ever since stayed at the international police organization Interpol in Germany.
Peru’s Minister of Culture Patricia Balbuena has received the Sican artifact last September. When she got the mask, she took the time to thank her German colleagues for their invaluable help in the judicial proceedings. She also stressed the importance of the mask for the Peruvian culture.
The mask was discovered in 1991 and studied throughout by researchers. The map represents a legendary leader who is told to be the founder of the Sican culture. The mask is entirely made out of gold, which is the reason for its high value.
After the mask was taken to Germany in 1999, it was not allowed to leave the country. A juridical proceeding of nearly 20 years is what followed, but fortunately, Peru got back its beloved artifact in the end.