Police have uncovered a hidden storage room in Spain holding 1,800 pieces of pre-Colombian art, including ceremonial masks, ceramics, jewellery and a suit of 37 plates of gold - artefacts from a collection last seen in public 10 years ago.
Many of the metallic pieces, including four copper masks, four gold rattles and four gold nose pendants, derived from the ancient tomb of the Lord of Sipan, one of the most important vestiges of pre-Inca Moche culture in Peru.
The treasure, "of incalculable value" say police, had remained undetected for 10 years in a secure room beneath a home in Galicia. The artefacts had been last exhibited in 1997, in Santiago de Compostela. The curator of the exhibit, a Costa Rican man who is now wanted in Peru, has since disappeared, police said in a statement yesterday. A spokesman refused to name the curator, who they suspect first hid the treasure then fled the country.
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