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Germany returns antiquities to Mexico

Three centuries-old sculptures privately held by a woman in Germany were voluntarily returned to Mexico, officials said Thursday. The pre-Columbian clay artifacts each feature sculpted faces and came from ancient cultures in the present-day states of Oaxaca and Campeche, and the Gulf coast.

An unnamed German woman had held the objects for decades and approached the Mexican Embassy in Berlin to turn them over in November, said Alejandro Bautista of Mexico’s National Anthropology and History Institute (INAH).

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