The artifact, according to the executive director, Niger State Council of Arts and Culture, Mr. Emmanuel Zhiri, was found by the state’s commissioner for information, Mr. Jonathan Vatsa who visited the western European country.
Zhiri disclosed this to NAN on Thursday, while speaking during the commemoration of the 2017 World Museum Day themed, museum and contested histories.
He said it would cost the state government a “huge fortune to retrieve it.”
“This artifact was found in Italy recently by the Commissioner for Information, Mr. Jonathan Vatsa’’, Zhiri said.
“We are working strategically to bringing in more artifacts to uphold our cultural heritage.
“We have identified artifacts we are going to bring in, like the musical strings of the late Walo Shatan Gwari and late Nupe musicians’ musical strings used in the course of their musical career.
“Managers of museum strive a lot to bring in inherited artifacts from the people they were bequeathed to because they do not know the use as much as we do.
“They do not know the significance of these artifacts. As far as they know, they are keeping them because they inherited them. That is how much most of them know”, Zhiri said, while speaking about museum in managers in the state.