Mexico recovers archaeological piece that was going to be auctioned in Portugal

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An archaeological piece of the cultural tradition of Tumbas de Tiro, from the current state of Jalisco, manufactured between 300 BC and 600 AD. C., was recovered by the diplomatic representation of Mexico in Lisbon, Portugal before it was auctioned in that country.

This was announced by the Ministry of Culture through a statement, in which it is reported that, as soon as the Mexican authorities became aware of the auction, the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) filed the corresponding complaint with the Prosecutor’s Office. General of the Republic.

The document states that the Secretary of Culture Alejandra Frausto Guerrero urged the auction house Renascimento-Avaliações e Leilões to stop the sale of said piece.

INAH specialists confirmed the authenticity of the piece, which by law is “property of the Mexican nation, inalienable and imprescriptible.”

Made of clay and 43 centimeters high, the archaeological object represents a female figure sitting on her knees, bare-chested and wearing a dress; On her head there is a conical headdress and on her shoulders she has scarifications.

The piece will be repatriated shortly to be delivered to the INAH, which will be in charge of its study, safeguarding and dissemination. The Ministry of Culture recognizes the prompt action of both the Mexican ambassador to Portugal, Bruno Figueroa Fischer, and the Portuguese ambassador to Mexico, Manuel Carvalho, whose actions before the Institute for Cooperation and the Portuguese Language and before the auction house itself, They were essential for their repatriation.

The federal agency thanked the auction house for stopping the sale of this heritage asset and, with it, issuing a message that strengthens awareness of the fight against trafficking in cultural property.

Source: OEM

Mexico Daily Post