Brooklyn Museum Sends Some Pre-Columbian Artifacts to Costa Rica

02/11/2011 4:22 PM |

The Brooklyn Museum is giving pre-Columbia bowl 7804-34.2462 to Costa Rica, but will keep pre-Columbia bowl 7804-34.2461, which is made of gold, for its permanent collection.
  • The Brooklyn Museum is giving pre-Columbia bowl 7804-34.2462 to Costa Rica, but will keep pre-Columbia bowl 7804-34.2461, which is made of gold, for its permanent collection.

Huge news in the pre-Columbian artifact community this week, as the AP reports that the Brooklyn Museum will be giving some 5,000 objects from its permanent collection to Costa Rica. The first shipment of 983 ceramic objects (including the one above) is just about ready to go, with another 4,000 pieces to follow.

The Brooklyn institution needed to make some room in storage and so decided to donate the pieces—which were purchased in the late 19th century by Minor C. Keith, the Brooklyn-born banana exporter and railroad tycoon—to Costa Rica. They first offered the pieces several years ago, but the Costa Rican cultural agency that would have to pay the shipping costs (approximately $59,000 for this first load) couldn’t afford to accept until now. The Brooklyn Museum will retain about ten percent of the collection, mostly just the valuable pieces. (CultureMonster, BrooklynPaper)