A pre-Hispanic archaeological piece from Belgium is returned to Mexico

The government of our country, through the Mexican ambassador to Belgium, Rogelio Granguillhome, received this Friday, August 5, an archaeological piece from the cultures of Western Mexicoruled as cultural heritage of the nation by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH).

The piece was going to be auctioned by the Casa Carlo Bonte Auction, in the city of Bruges, Belgium, last March; However, after the Mexican Embassy in that country contacted the auction house and the Belgian judicial authorities, and shared the position of the federal government regarding the commercialization of archaeological pieces abroad, as well as their negative implications in terms of conservation and cultural dissemination, the auction house decided to suppress the sale of these figures.

This restitution is the result of collaboration between the Embassy of Mexico in Belgium, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE), the federal Ministry of Culture, through INAH and the Belgian judicial authorities; and the pre-Hispanic object was delivered by the authorities of the European country on behalf of Mrs. Maria Helena Defever, who in April voluntarily returned other pieces also ruled as national heritage.


For his part, Ambassador Granguillhome reiterated the gratitude of the Government of Mexico to both Mrs. Defever and the Belgian authorities for their willingness to restore Mexico’s historical heritage, within the framework of the good relations that prevail between the two countries.

In the near future, the piece will be repatriated to our country and, later, the Legal Consultancy of the SRE will deliver the patrimonial object to the authorities of the Federal Ministry of Culture and the INAH for its due protection, study, analysis and conservation.

The Government of Mexico reaffirms its commitment to actively participate in the strengthening of national and international legal frameworks for the protection of cultural heritage. With actions like this, the efforts made to combat the illicit trafficking of cultural property and for the repatriation of pieces that are national heritage and that are found illegally abroad are followed up.



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