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Case Summary

Mexico Claim Against de Young Museum for Teotihuacan Murals

In this matter concerning a large collection of pre-Columbian murals from Mexico that were legally owned under U.S. law by a California museum but claimed by Mexico under its patrimony law, an imaginative solution was found to a potentially volatile situation.  The museum privately negotiated a joint custody agreement with Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History to give a significant portion of the property to the Institute in return for the Institute’s help in restoring and conserving the murals. . . .

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