New York auction house Sotheby’s has sold for $ 212,500 a priceless piece of Peru's cultural heritage. Is about a gold Sicán funeral mask, dating from AD 950 to 1250. and experts set their origin in the Pomac forest in the Lambayeque region (Peru).
According to Sotheby’s, the mask comes from the Jan Mitchell collection, a New York restorer who, according to the New York Times in 2009, bequeathed a large part of his pre-Columbian gold collection to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The auction house maintains that the mask was acquired 40 years ago, although it did not register who bought it.
But the director of the Sicán Museum in Peru, Carlos Elera, explains that was stolen by grave robbers and advocates initiating an investigation to clarify the facts. Elera will contact the Peruvian Minister of Foreign Affairs to obtain the repatriation of the object, since Peruvian laws prohibit the export of objects outside the country. As archaeologist Carlos Waster explains: “For Lambayeque, the mask is a part of our culture and should be displayed in the museums of the region”.
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