Peruvian Embassy warns of historic documents stolen from the country

Iphan warns dealers about the origin of parts they intend to purchase, avoiding getting the stolen items.

The Embassy of Peru in Brazil issued a warning about the theft of cultural goods belonging to that country. According to the document, the following items were stolen and put up for sale on the internet:

I – Castrovirreyna silver mine registry, the 17th century, related to the documentary funds of the Historical Archive of the Decentralized Directorate of Culture of Huancavelica and the Regional Archive of Huancavelica, located no district, province and department of Huancavelica.

II – Two documentary goods: a provision with instructions from Viceroy Theodore de Croix, of the year 1970, and a manuscript file on the auction of a house in Lima, of the year 1722. Both related to the documentary funds of the General Archive of the Nation and private archives, located no district, province and department of Lima.

III – Correspondence from the Ministry of Police to the Public Ministry, years 1869-1870. Regarding the documentary funds of the General Archive of the Nation, located no district, province and department of Lima.

IV – Two-page document with notarial deeds of obligation (year 1567) and freedom (1576). Belonging to the documentary fund of the Regional Archive of Arequipa, located no district, province and department of Arequipa.

Any information must be communicated to Iphan, by emails or, or by phone (61) 2024-6355 or 6352, or directly to that country, in the Recovery Directorate of the General Directorate for the Defense of Cultural Heritage of the Ministry of Culture of Peru.


Safe purchase of art objects, antiques and documents

Dealers and the general public should be aware of the provenance of the pieces they intend to purchase. Without proper care inadvertently are acquired stolen parts or stolen.

To contribute in combating this illegal market there are simple preventive actions, such as checking the origin and, in case of doubts or any suspicion, consulting the Iphan, the Brazilian Institute of Museums (IBRAM) and their databases available on their websites - the Bank Goods Wanted / BCP and the Musealized Estate Registration Missing / CBMD.

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Such care can avoid the involvement of the buyer or dealer in the Brazilian Cultural Heritage fencing of stolen crime, stolen or obtained by international trafficking in works of art - conduct described in Articles 155 of the Penal Code and 180 of Decree-Law no. 2.848, from 7 th December 1940 (dealing with the reception of stolen goods), and Art. 62, da Lei nº 9.605, from 12 February 1998 (which deals with destruction and/or deterioration of cultural property).


All art dealers and antiques, including auctioneers, must register with the National Register of Antiquities and Works of Art Dealers (CNART). The registration protects the dealer from being inadvertently involved in crimes of receiving stolen goods and laundering money through works of art..

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National Register of Antiques Dealers and Works of Art

Source: IPHAN Communications Advisory.


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