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Emergency Red List of Haitian Cultural Objects at Risk

The Emergency Red List of Haitian Cultural Objects at Risk is designed to help customs officials, police officers, and heritage professionals identify the categories of objects most targeted by illicit traffic. The categories depicted are protected by legislation which prohibits their trade and exportation.

However contemporary artistic creation and artisanal crafts are not protected by laws which relate to cultural heritage; these objects and works of contemporary creation are included in the Emergency Red List because the earthquake has rendered them particularly vulnerable to looting and theft. Potential buyers of an object resembling any of those presented in the Emergency Red List, as well as customs and law enforcement agents, are advised to vigilantly check its provenance and relevant legal documentation.

The Emergency Red List of Haitian Cultural Objects at Risk is by no means exhaustive, and any object that may have originated from Haiti should be subject to careful scrutiny. The Emergency Red List does not aim, however, to discourage the legal trade in contemporary Haitian cultural goods, which is vital for the livelihood of artists and for the economic reconstruction of the country.

 

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Ornament from vessel, 800-1500 A.D., 6.8 x 7.6 x 2.4 cm.

Objects- Ceramics

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Material
Ceramics
Type
Sculptures | Utensils and vessels
Countries
Haiti
Period
Pre-Columbian
Ceremonial stool (duho), 800-1500 A.D., Hispaniola, 42.4 x 30.4 x 71.5 cm.

Objects- Wood

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Material
Wood
Type
Furniture | Utensils and vessels
Countries
Haiti
Period
Pre-Columbian
Pendant in the form of a face (guaíza), 800-1500 A.D., site of En Bas Saline, 4.25 x 4 cm.

Ornaments

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Material
Shell
Type
Sculptures | Accessories and jewellery
Countries
Haiti
Period
Pre-Columbian
Ceremonial axe, 800-1500 A.D., 16.8 x 15.3 x 3.6 cm.

Tools- Stone

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Material
Stone
Type
Religious and ceremonial objects | Tools and weapons | Accessories and jewellery
Countries
Haiti
Period
Pre-Columbian
Stone plaque from the main house of a colonial coffee plantation, 18th century, 50 x 25 cm.

Architecture and urbanism

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Material
Metals | Stone
Type
Architectural elements | Furniture | Religious and ceremonial objects
Countries
Haiti
Period
Colonial and Republican
Silver coin worth fifty cents (Liberté), 1895, Ø 2,9 cm.

Coins, medals and stamps

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Material
Metals | Paper and parchment
Type
Numismatics | Coins | Seals
Countries
Haiti
Period
Colonial and Republican
Rara costume, cloth embroidered with glass beads and sequins, 19th-20th century, 71 x 72 cm.

Crafts and popular traditions

This category of Haitian cultural objects are not protected by laws which relate to cultural heritage but have been rendered vulnerable to looting... Read
Material
Ceramics | Textiles | Glass
Type
Textiles and clothing | Utensils and vessels | Toys | Tools and weapons
Countries
Haiti
Period
Colonial and Republican
Cavalry pistol offered to Toussaint Louverture by the Executive Directory of the French Republic, 1790-1800, wood, steel and copper, 39 x 17.5 x 4.5 cm.

Equipment and tools

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Material
Metals | Ceramics | Wood
Type
Tools and weapons | Utensils and vessels | Textiles and clothing
Countries
Haiti
Period
Colonial and Republican
Map of La Spagnuola (Hispaniola) in folio, paper, 16th-17th century, 43.2 x 26.7 cm.

Historical documents

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Material
Paper and parchment
Type
Documents
Countries
Haiti
Period
Colonial and Republican
Drum (asòto) made of wood and skin, 19th-20th century, 142 x 52 cm.

Objects- Cult and spiritual

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Material
Metals | Textiles | Wood | Clay
Type
Architectural elements | Religious and ceremonial objects | Sculptures | Textiles and clothing | Furniture | Utensils and vessels | Accessories and jewellery
Countries
Haiti
Period
Colonial and Republican
Portrait of Léger-Félicité Sonthonax, oil on canvas, late 18th century, ca. 60 x 45 cm.

Paintings

This category of Haitian cultural objects are not protected by laws which relate to cultural heritage but have been rendered vulnerable to looting... Read
Material
Paper and parchment | Canvas
Type
Paintings
Countries
Haiti
Period
Colonial and Republican
Bust of Toussaint Louverture, sculptured in bronze by Edmond Laforestrie, ca. 1870, 77 x 63 x 69 cm.

Sculptures

This category of Haitian cultural objects are not protected by laws which relate to cultural heritage but have been rendered vulnerable to looting... Read
Material
Metals | Clay | Wood
Type
Religious and ceremonial objects | Sculptures
Countries
Haiti
Period
Colonial and Republican