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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Western museums require to return looted artifacts, says art historian

Key points: 

  • Returning artifacts to Benin, West Africa aids a dehumanized society cure: Chika Okeke-Agulu.  
  • Few of the artworks being returned to Benin were set on display for one last time at the Musse Du Qai Branly-Jacques Chirac in Paris the previous month. 

“Get on the right side of history,” states historian: 

After France gave back 26 cultural artifacts to the West African Nation of Benin this calendar week, one art historian explained institutions still grasping on to colonial loot required to “get the memo” and return cultural valuables to their hometowns. 

“They cannot play the ostrich, they have to face upto the reality and be on the right side of history,” said Chika Okeke-Agulu, a Nigerian art historian and African art professor at Princeton University.┬áSource –

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The 26 objects, including statues and a royal throne, were looted by French squads in 1892, from the Kingdom of Dahomey in what is now the south of current-day Benin. The country’s president Patrice Talon met with the French president Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday in Paris to indicate the banishment. 

Professionals predict that thousand’s of African artworks and artifacts are still relaxing in museums and vaults away from their homelands and there growing calls for them to be given back. Germany has negotiated to give back hundreds of plagues and sculptures, known as the Benin bronzes, to Nigeria. 

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