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London museum to return 19th century artifacts to Nigeria

LONDON ( Associated Press) – A London museum agreed on Sunday to return a collection of Benin bronzes looted from what is now Nigeria in the late 19th century, as the British Cultural Institute returned artifacts recovered during the colonial era. Under pressure to bring.

Horniman Museum and Gardens reported that it would transfer 72 objects to the Nigerian government. The decision comes after the Nigerian National Museums and Monuments Commission formally requested the return of the artifacts earlier this year and in consultation with community members, artists and school children in Nigeria and the UK.

Eve Salomon, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, said in a statement: “The evidence is very clear that these items were forcibly acquired, and external consultations support our view that it is both ethical and appropriate to return our assets to Nigeria. ” archive. “Horniman is pleased to be able to take this step.”

Horniman’s collection is just a small part of the 3,000 to 5,000 artifacts removed from the Kingdom of Benin in 1897, when British troops invaded and occupied the city of Benin at a time when Britain was expanding its political and commercial influence in West Africa. was. The British Museum has over 900 objects from Benin and the National Museum of Scotland has 74 more. Others are in various museums around the world.

Artifacts include plaques, animal and human figures, and royal objects made of brass and bronze. The general term Benin bronze is sometimes applied to objects made of ivory, coral, wood and other materials, as well as metal sculptures.

More and more countries such as Nigeria, Egypt and Greece, as well as indigenous peoples from North America to Australia, are demanding the return of artifacts and human remains amid a global reassessment of colonialism and the exploitation of local populations.

Nigeria and Germany recently signed an agreement for the return of hundreds of bronze medals from Benin.

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