Hubert DeBoer and Liesebeth Mellis They are two citizens of Netherlands who, after visiting the “Aztecas” exhibition in that country, decided to return Mexico 17 archaeological pieces they had in their possession for three decades.
In a press release, the Mexico’s embassy in the Netherlands highlighted that De Boer and Mellis returned the 17 archaeological pieces voluntarily, since the “Aztecs” exhibition made them “dimension the richness of cultural heritage.”
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that 17 archaeological pieces were voluntarily returned to the country by two Dutch citizens, Hubert De Boer and Liesebeth Mellis, who had them in their possession for three decades.
17 archaeological pieces recovered
- Two are Mexica style (1200-1521 AD)
- Another more Mixtec from Oaxaca (900-1521 AD)
- 13 of them are Huastec style (900-1521 AD)
- One is from the Mesoamerican Classic period (400-750 AD)
The pieces, analyzed by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) to determine their origin, were made using the technique of modeling, smoothing, incision and pastillage application.
The exhibition “Aztecs” is currently exhibited at the Museum of Ethnography in Leiden, to the west of that European nation; the archaeological pieces will be repatriated shortly to Mexico so that they remain under the protection of the INAH, informed the diplomatic representation.
The INAH analyzed the pieces
Prior to their restitution, the pieces made of clay were assessed by INAH experts, who determined that thirteen of them are of the Huastec style, made during the Mesoamerican Postclassic period (900-1521 AD).
In the near future, the seventeen archaeological pieces will be repatriated to Mexico by the Embassy of Mexico in the Netherlands for delivery to the authorities of the National Institute of Anthropology and History.
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