Sweden to return ancient Andean textiles to Peru
|Textiles of Paracas to be returned by Sweden [Credit: Difusión]|
According to Peru’s vice minister of cultural patrimony, Luis Jaime Castillo Butters, the mayor of Gothenburg is delivering four of them on June 18.
One is a woven mummy’s cloak, about 40 by 60 centimeters, with tiles of animals that appear to signify time periods or the seasons.
The 89 embroidered textiles, named for the Paracas peninsula where they were unearthed around 1930 and then smuggled out by the Swedish consul, were displayed at the National Museum of World Culture in Gothenburg.
|Detail from one the ancient Paracas textiles to be returned by Sweden [Credit: Andina]|
Because the textiles are extremely fragile and require delicate handling, the last pieces from Sweden won’t arrive until 2021, Mr. Castillo Butters said.
He said their cultural and monetary value exceeded that of the thousands of antiquities from Machu Picchu that Yale excavated for research a century ago and returned in 2011 and 2012.
The head of conservation of the National Museum of World Culture, Lars-Erik Barkman, referred questions about the repatriation to the city of Gothenburg. But he said, “the objects belong to the world.”
Source: Andina [June 05, 2014]