UK museum agrees to return looted Benin Bronzes to Nigeria | News | DW

A museum in Britain agreed Sunday to return a collection of Benin Bronzes looted in 1897 to Nigeria.

The decision comes as European institutions come under increasing pressure to repatriate artifacts that were stolen during the colonial era.

The Horniman Museum and Gardens in London’s southeast said 72 items would be handed over to the Nigerian government. Among them are 12 brass plaques, known as Benin Bronzes, a brass cockerel altarpiece, ivory and brass ceremonial objects, brass bells and a key to the king’s palace.

The museum received a formal request from Nigeria’s National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM) earlier in the year asking for the artifacts to be returned.

What did the museum say?

“The Horniman is pleased to be able to take this step, and we look forward to…

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