The world is a treasure trove of wayward artifacts -- stolen or lost fragments of mankind's history -- and Canada is no exception.
Just ask artist Dominique Blain, whose work "Mirabilia," installed at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, represents 38 missing, pilfered or destroyed artworks from around the world. Canadian artifacts represented in the graveyard of missing relics include a bronze sculpture by Henry Moore, Bill Reid's Killer Whale sculpture and a Haida mask confiscated and declared illegal by the Canadian government. Blain says she created the sculpture to revive lost works of art.
"It's made out of 38 glass boxes that have been cut into various shapes of objects, sculptures or monuments that have been destroyed, that have disappeared or that have been displaced. So it's really a piece about giving life to those works of art," she told the museum.
Light fills the boxes from underneath and brings the figures back to life.
Some objects are forever lost, secreted away in hiding, and some just might reappear someday.
To check out many more lost and stolen artifacts from across Canada, click through our gallery below.
1. Bill Reid, Killer Whale (1972)
Bill Reid's silver sculpture of a killer whale was stolen from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts on March 5, 1980 and it remains missing. However, Reid's fans can see a gigantic version of the pilfered artwork outside the Vancouver Public Aquarium (let's see cat burglars try to steal that one!).
2. Ann Newdigate, Creatures of Habit (1984)
Ann Newdigate's tapestry sat amidst the orphaned objects in Montreal's Mirabel Airport's lost-and-found box after a Transport Canada official mistakenly put it there. The artwork, with an estimated value of $5,570, was fished out of the lost-and-found department and sold at auction to an unknown buyer. More Info: CTV News
3. Pablo Picasso. The Painter
Pictured Above: A Sotheby's employee poses next to a painting entitled 'Couple, Le Baiser' by Spanish artist Pablo Picasso at Sotheby's auction house in central London on June 17, 2011. The impressionist master's ''Le Peintre" was destroyed when the airplane shipping it crashed into the Atlantic Ocean near Nova Scotia on Sept. 2, 1998. The shipping company estimated the painting's value at about $1.5 million, an amount which apparently did not warrant a fire-proof or shock-proof case to ship the painting in. More Info: New York Times
4. Henry Moore sculptures
Thieves might call Henry Moore the most desirable artist, with over 100 of his sculptures listed as lost or stolen on the Art Loss Register's database. One bronze sculpture that went missing from a New York art gallery in 2001 was recovered in 2010 when a man tried to sell the piece, worth an estimated $80,000, to a Toronto gallery, claiming he inherited the artwork.Still missing, however, is the iconic artist's two-ton sculpture that was stolen from a British museum in 2005. Visit the Art Gallery of Ontario to see the largest collection of Henry Moore sculptures that haven't been heisted... yet. More Info: Toronto Star
5. Group of Seven paintings
Burglars made off with three Group of Seven paintings and eight other Canadian works of art after breaking into a Toronto's Canadian Fine Arts gallery in July 2011. All together, the art was valued at $388,000, including A.Y. Jackson's "Les Eboulements," valued at $135,000. More Info: National Post
6. Rembrandt, "Landscape With Cottages"
The largest heist in Canadian history went down at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts on Sept. 4, 1972. Three masked robbers descended from a skylight, incapacitated museum guards and escaped with figurines, jewellery and 18 paintings (including a Rembrandt, a Gainsbourough and a Delacroix) worth millions. The Rembrandt they filched was probably worth a stone-cold million alone, the CBC estimates. More Info: CBC Archives
7. John Thorton, Map of Canada, 1699
It's not every day a person finds a $318,000 artifact collecting dust in the attic. But that's exactly what an auction house had in store when it discovered a 312-year-old map of Canada in a Scottish estate sale. The map shows parts of Canada from East Coast fishing areas to Manitoba. Although experts considered the map a one-of-a-kind find, a similar map exists in the Hudson's Bay Company archives in Winnipeg, Manitoba. More Info: Manitoba Archives More Info: Canada.Com
8. Babe Ruth's baseball
Ruth's first home run baseball, 1914. Legend has it that when Babe Ruth hit his first pro-league homer at Toronto Island's Hanlon's Point Stadium, it sunk to the bottom of Lake Ontario, the CBC reports. Baseball lore also suggests that a fan stole the ball, bronzed it and put it on display at a Toronto bar. More Info: CBC
9. Unknown treasures
What treasure lies at the bottom of Oak Island, Nova Scotia's "money pit"? Marie Antoinette's crown jewels? Pirate treasure? The Holy Grail? Maybe nothing at all! Flood tunnels (a.k.a. booby traps) prevent treasure hunters from ever finding out, the CBC says. Or perhaps the pit is simply a natural sinkhole. More Info: CBC
10. Sir John Franklin's vessels
Over 150 years ago, explorer Sir John Franklin's HMS Investigator was abandoned when Canada's unforgiving Arctic waters froze it in place. In the summer of 2011, divers recovered evidence of the expedition, including shoes, a musket and hull plates that could point the way towards two more Franklin vessels, the HMS Erebus and Terror, which remain lost at sea. More Info: Toronto Star