Britain returns looted colonial-era artefacts to Ethiopia

After a century and a half hidden in private collections, 13 stolen Ethiopian artefacts have finally returned home following months of negotiations. “Our country’s ancient civilization’s history, artefacts, fingerprints of indigenous knowledge, culture … have been looted in war and smuggled out illegally,” said Ethiopia’s tourism minister, Nasise Challa. The items, which include an intricately… Read More Britain returns looted colonial-era artefacts to Ethiopia

France officially signs over looted colonial artefacts to Benin

Benin’s President Patrice Talon signed an agreement on Tuesday to take back from France 26 artworks seized from the former French colony in the 19th century, and said he hoped it would pave the way for more cultural treasures to be handed back. The 26 artworks were taken in 1892 from Benin’s Palaces of Abomey… Read More France officially signs over looted colonial artefacts to Benin

Looted artefacts returned to West African nations by Cambridge college, Paris museum

A Cambridge University college and a Paris museum on Wednesday handed back cultural artefacts looted from West Africa during the colonial era, setting a precedent that will pressure other Western institutions to return similarly stolen works. Jesus College, Cambridge, returned a sculpture of a cockerel taken by British troops in 1897, one of hundreds of… Read More Looted artefacts returned to West African nations by Cambridge college, Paris museum

France to return 26 pre-colonial artefacts to Republic of BeninĀ 

France will return 26 works of art to Benin, Emmanuel Macron’s office said on Friday, as the French president took delivery of a report recommending the widespread return of cultural artefacts removed from Africa during the colonial era. The report by Senegalese economist Felwine Sarr and French art historian Benedicte Savoy marks a potential milestone… Read More France to return 26 pre-colonial artefacts to Republic of BeninĀ