The Mexican government on Tuesday February 25, returned an ancient sculpture from 6th century southwestern Yoruba city of Ile-Ife to Nigeria.
The ancient bronze sculpture was seized by customs agents at Mexico City airport as its buyer tried to bring it into the South-American country.The Nigerian sculpture is of Yoruba origin.
The sculpture, from the 6th century southwestern Yoruba city of Ife, shows a man wearing woven pants and a hat, sitting with his legs crossed and holding an instrument.
“Specialists from the National Institute of Anthropology and History, Diego Prieto, determined that it was a piece of Yoruba origin,”,
Diego Prieto, head of the agency said;
“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.”
It was also determined that it had been illegally exported.”
Nigerian Ambassador Aminu Iyawa acknowledged the work of the Mexican authorities in recovering the sculpture.