News

Artifact about to be sold in Belgium returned to Mexico

In the statement made by the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it was reported that a statue belonging to the Mexican culture of the pre-Spanish colonial period, which is planned to be sold at an auction in Belgium, was delivered to the Mexican Embassy by the Belgian authorities.

The statue was intended to be sold at the Casa Carlo Bonte auction held in Bruge, Belgium last March, but after the Mexican Embassy officials in Belgium contacted the auction house and Belgian judicial authorities and stated that they were against the sale of artifacts smuggled out of the country during the colonial period, the sale was canceled and the work was returned. that the decision has been made.

The 98-year-old collector Maria Helena Defever, who has held the statue for 30 years, announced that she had recently learned that the artifact was smuggled from Mexico during the colonial period and handed it over to the Belgian authorities last April.

The Mexican Ministry of Culture has ensured the return of 8,970 historical artifacts, which were smuggled out of the country during the Spanish colonial period, thanks to its efforts in recent years with the slogan “My heritage is not for sale”. However, France did not respond to these efforts of the Mexican government and allowed Mexican works to be sold at auctions many times.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Back to top button