The Mexican government on Tuesday, February 25 has returned to a Nigeria an ancient bronze sculpture seized by customs agents at Mexico City airport.
According to reports, the sculpture was seized after the buyer tried to smuggle it into Mexico.
The sculpture is of Yoruba origin and has been traced to the 6th century, Ile-Ife. It 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 determined has confirmed it’s a piece from Yoruba origin illegally exported.
According to the Government of Mexico official website, the customs authorities of the International Airport of Mexico City detected it when its buyer tried to introduce it to the country.
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