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Red List of Dominican Cultural Objects at Risk

Following the publication of the Emergency Red List of Haitian Cultural Objects at Risk, drafted after the devastating earthquake that shook the country on 12 January 2010, the Red List of Dominican Cultural Objects at Risk completes the protection devices regarding the island of Hispaniola.

The Dominican Red List aims to help art and heritage professionals and law enforcement officials identify Dominican objects that are protected by national and international legislations. In order to facilitate identification, the Red List illustrates the categories or types of cultural items that are most likely to be illegally traded.

Museums, auction houses, art dealers and collectors are encouraged not to acquire objects similar to those presented in the List without having carefully and thoroughly researched their origin and all relevant legal documentation.

Due to the great diversity of objects, styles and periods, the Red List of Dominican Cultural Objects at Risk is far from exhaustive. Any cultural good that could have originated from the Dominican Republic should be subjected to detailed scrutiny and precautionary measures.


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The island of Hispaniola is made up of two sovereign states: the Republic of Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

With objects dating from the Prehispanic, Colonial and Republican periods, the Dominican Republic is endowed with a unique and rich cultural heritage, characterized mainly by the encountering of three civilizations: the Taíno, the African and the European.

The Dominican Republic, recognizing the significance of its cultural richness, formally acknowledged the importance of protecting this heritage and has started to approve national laws in this regard since as far back as 1903.

The recent global rise of illicit trafficking in cultural objects has given the heritage community reasons for concern. The looting, smuggling and illegal trading of cultural goods lead to a significant loss in the understanding of history. The Red List of Dominican Cultural Objects at Risk has been drafted in cooperation with a team of national and international experts in order to fight this rising trend.