Germany on Thursday handed back a pre-Columbian gold funeral mask to Peru, the Peruvian Culture Ministry said.

The eighth century Sican mask was handed over to the Peruvian embassy in Berlin by Bavarian authorities.

"Im happy to receive one of the most emblematic assets from the north Peruvian cultures, the Sican Mask," said the Peruvian Minister of Culture Patricia Balbuena in a statement.

Peru reported the mask as missing in 1999, and it was then confiscated by Interpol in the western German city of Wiesbaden.

The Munich regional court ordered the mask be returned to Peru in December 2016.

The Sican culture inhabited what is now the north coast of Peru between the eighth and 14th centuries.

The Sican masks have been found in the tombs of people who are thought to have had an elevated position in Sican society.

Perus neighbor Ecuador saw the return of 13 pre-Columbian artefacts from a private German collection in July, following a six-year legal battle.

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