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Peru recovers 79 pre-Hispanic textiles from Sweden


Peru has recovered 79 pre-Hispanic textiles that have been illegally located in Sweden since 1935, the ministry of culture said.

Peru recovers 79 pre-Hispanic textiles from Sweden
Textiles belonging to the pre-Inca Paracas culture, dating to 700 BCE-100 BCE, are shown at Peru's Culture Ministry
 in Lima on December 14, 2017. Fifty lots of 79 textiles from the Paracas culture, recently repatriated, were 
delivered to the Culture Ministry as part of a second shipment, agreed in 2014 between the governments 
of Peru and Sweden [Credit: Ernesto Benavides/AFP]
In 1935, Swedish ambassador to Peru Sven Karrell acquired the fabrics hailing from the Nasca and Paracas cultures and took them to Sweden illegally -- anonymously donating them to The Museum of Gothenburg, according to the Peruvian government.

"Thanks to the collaboration between the foreign minister, the culture minister and the city of Gothenburg, we are celebrating the arrival of the second of the three scheduled deliveries, made up of 79 textiles," said Jorge Arrunategui, deputy minister of cultural heritage and cultural industries.

The delivery included wraps, cloths and decorative textile borders from the pre-Hispanic Paracas culture, an Andean society known for their unique composition, colors and weaving techniques using cotton and wool from vicunas -- the national animal of Peru, related to the llama.

The textiles, repatriated on December 7, were made between 700 BC and 200 AD and are among items the Swedish government promised to return to Peru in a 2014 agreement.

In 2008, the Gothenburg Museum of World Culture held the exhibition "Paracas: A Stolen World," prompting Peru to begin investigations and in 2013 begin the process of recovering the items.

The recovered goods will be kept by the Ministry of Culture's General Directorate of Museums for conservation, and displayed in 2018.

Source: AFP [December 16, 2017]

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