A rare and looted crown from the 18th century was returned to Ethiopia on Thursday after it was discovered in the Netherlands two decades ago, reports AP.The Dutch government facilitated the handover “with the belief that it has a duty to restitute this important artifact back to Ethiopia,” the office of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said, sharing photos of a smiling Abiy holding the ceremonial crown.
The religious crown went missing in 1993 and was discovered in Rotterdam in October.
Ethiopia, like many African nations, has been outspoken about seeing artifacts returned home from museums and private owners around the world.
The Dutch government in a statement Thursday said the crown was the property of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. It said the crown went missing from the Holy Trinity Church in the village of Cheleqot.