An ancient bronze sculpture which was smuggled has been returned to Nigeria by Mexico, after an attempt to smuggle it into the country, was prevented.

According to BBC, customs officers seized the ancient artifact at the main airport in Mexico City.

On the origin of the artefact is from Nigeria’s south-western Ife city, famous for works depicting royalty and deities of the once-powerful Yoruba kingdom was where

Concerning the nature of the sculpture, it is of a man sitting cross-legged, wearing a head dress and holding an object.

Diego Prietoa, the head of Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History commented on the development. Prietoa said, “A beautiful bronze piece, and being of Nigerian heritage, it should return to its home,”

Nigeria’s ambassador to Mexico, Aminu Iyaw has confirmed that the sculpture was of Yoruba origin, and it has been returned to Nigeria.