The Italian Almanac

Art Police

Italian News - January 15th

Italy is to formally hand over to Peru a millennium-old artefact recovered by specialist art police here after it had been stolen in southern Peru.

A photograph of the copper and gold funerary mask dating from the pre-Inca Sican period was exhibited along with around 100 other artworks recovered by specialized culture ministry police in Rome. They included paintings by 14th-century Italian artist Pinturecchio and French realist painter Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot as well as a bust of Roman emperor Trajan.

In all, police said some 28,000 pieces, including complete artifacts and artworks but also fragments like pottery shards and coins, were recovered in 2004.