Archaeology Magazine

A publication of the Archaeological Institute of America

Special Introductory Offer!

Sweden Will Return Paracas Textiles to Peru

Friday, June 06, 2014

Sweden-Paracas-Textiles-Repatriated(National Museum of World Culture)LIMA, PERU—Sweden will return the first four of 89 embroidered Paracas textiles to Peru later this month, according to a report in The New York Times. The 2,500-year-old textiles, which were smuggled out of Peru in the 1930s by the Swedish consul, have been displayed in the National Museum of World Culture in Gothenburg. Among the items the mayor of Gothenburg will hand over to Peru’s vice minister of cultural patrimony is a woven mummy’s cloak decorated with tiles of animals that may represent time periods or the seasons. The process of repatriation will be completed in 2021.