New information on stolen cultural assets from Alagoas

They were stolen in the early hours of the day 9 of May various goods that are part of the collection from the Historical and Geographical Institute of Alagoas, comprising about 60 pieces from the Floriano Peixoto collections, Jonas Montenegro, Barão de Rio Branco and others.


Images of the stolen parts are available here. Refers to an item group that includes medals, polls, cavalry artifacts and sabers and pistols used by officers in the Paraguayan War (or the Triple Alliance, 1864-1870).

Among the missing pieces from the Floriano Peixoto collection, are a silver inkwell, brass stirrups, a saber, a revolver and a pistol. From the Jonas Montenegro collection, are listed a jar text, wooden funeral homes, masonic sash stones, medals and rings, sacred images and a horse whip of the Baroness of Água Branca. are also missing 11 firearms referring to other collections.

This collection is listed at the state level..

Any information must be communicated to Iphan, by emails, or, or by phone (61) 2024-6355 or 6352, or directly to the Historical and Geographical Institute of Alagoas, by phone (82) 3223 7797 and email:

Safe purchase of art objects and antiques

Dealers and the general public should be aware of the provenance of the pieces they intend to purchase. Without proper care, there is a risk of acquiring stolen or stolen parts..

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, consultation to IPHAN, the Brazilian Institute of Museums (IBRAM) and their databases available on their websites – the Database of Sought Goods/BCP and the Registry of Disappeared Musealized Assets/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 inadvertently be involved in receiving stolen crimes and stolen and money laundering by means of works of art.

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National Register of Antiques Dealers and Works of Art

Source: IPHAN Communications Advisory.


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