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Latest update : 2010-05-04

The French parliament voted Tuesday to return over a dozen tattooed, mummified Maori warrior heads to New Zealand, bringing years of debate over their restitution to an end.

AFP - The French parliament on Tuesday voted to return around 15 tattooed and mummified heads of Maori warriors to New Zealand, ending years of debate over the restitution of the human remains.

The warrior heads are stored in several French museums, including seven or eight at Paris' Quai Branly, home to a big collection of tribal art set up by ex-president Jacques Chirac.

Only eight lawmakers in the 570-seat National Assembly voted against the measure that would remove the warrior heads from the permanent collections of several museums.
 

Photo credit: Nickmard

 

Date created : 2010-05-04

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