-African Art Smithsonian Museum removes Benin bronze from display, aims to return them
In 1897, Benin’s royal palace was raided, and many objects from the kingdom were sold out and scattered around the world.
As reported by African Newspaper, the African Art Smithsonian Museum in possession of one of the artifacts, the Benin bronze has removed them from the display and plan on returning it back to Benin, Nigeria.
The Museum’s director, Ngaire Blankenberg sain, they can’t build the future without healing the past on removal of the Benin bronze.
The Benin objects are held in over 160 international museums including several in the united states. The University of California’s Fowler Museum had also mentioned its plans to converse with the Nigerian authorities about the 18 objects in its museum.
The museum had 21 objects from the Kingdom of Benin on display earlier this year and its online database lists 38 objects were collected from Benin.
Many out of the 38 objects were traced back to the British punitive expedition to Benin in 1897.
Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of African Art is located in Washington, DC.
Two artifacts were also returned weeks back from the University of Aberdeen and Jesus College Cambridge.
-African Art Smithsonian Museum removes Benin bronze from the display, aims to return them