- Nigeria has received an ancient bronze sculpture that was smuggled to Mexico City, Mexico
- The bronze sculpture, which is said to be from the 6th century southwestern Yoruba city of Ife, was returned by Mexico on Tuesday, February 25
- Customs agents at Mexico City airport seized the sculpture as its buyer tried to smuggle it into Mexico
An ancient bronze sculpture from the 6th century southwestern Yoruba city of Ife has been received by Nigeria from the Mexican government.
The disclosure was made by the Nigerian ambassador to Mexico, Aminu Iyawa, The Guardian reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the sculpture, which was seized by customs agents at Mexico City airport as its buyer tried to smuggle it into Mexico, was returned on Tuesday, February 25, The Guardian reports.
The bronze sculpture. Photo credit: Government Of Mexico official website/gob.mx
The sculpture shows a man wearing woven pants and a hat, sitting with his legs crossed and holding an instrument.
Diego Prieto, head of the agency, told a press conference: “Specialists from the National Institute of Anthropology and History determined that it was a piece of Yoruba origin.
“A beautiful bronze piece, and that being of Nigerian heritage, it should return to its home.”
In other news, Mark Walker has announced his readiness to return back to Nigeria the items his grandfather stole from the West African country.
Recall that thousands of items were stolen from Nigeria during a British military expedition in the late 19th century.
Walker's grandfather, who was a soldier, took part in the looting of Benin City in the late 19th century.
The artefacts have remained in Walker's family ever since his grandfather brought them from Nigeria.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that an Ethiopian crown from the 18th century had been returned home after being hidden in a Dutch flat for more than 20 years.
An Ethiopian identified as Sirak Asfaw was living in Netherlands as a refugee when he found the crown in 1998 in the suitcase of a visitor he hosted in his house.
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Having realised that the crown was stolen, Asfaw confronted the man and insisted that the crown should be returned to Ethiopia.
Asfaw held onto the crown until he alerted a historian and Dutch police of his discovery in 2019.
Ethiopia's prime minister Abiy Ahmed finally received the crown on Thursday, February 20.
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