French Polynesia’s department of culture has issued a plea for the return of the tiki head that disappeared in November from the ancient site of Upeke, in the valley of Taaoa, Hiva Oa. Upeke is classified as an historic monument and protected by federal law. The department statement reminds those who took the tiki that transporting objects from historic monuments is illegal and that the perpetrators could face up to 7 years in prison and a penalty of 100,000 Euros.
Read more in French here.
[Image from: http://tahitinui.blog.lemonde.fr/2013/01/06/disparition-de-la-tete-de-tiki-de-taaoa-communique-du-service-de-la-culture-et-du-patrimoine/#xtor=RSS-32280322]