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Germany first to hand back Benin bronzes looted by British

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A set of indiginous objects hanging on display.
In 1897, a British military expedition sacked and looted Benin City. The governments of Benin and Nigeria have formally requested the return of cultural artifacts stolen at that time, including the famous Benin Bronzes, above, from museums in the United Kingdom, Germany, and the United States. Source: Wikimedia, Author: Warofdreams.

“We face up to our historic and moral responsibility to shine a light and work on Germany’s historic past. The treatment of the Benin bronzes is a touchstone [of this process].”

–German Culture Minister Monika Grütters

Germany is to become the first country to hand back the Benin bronzes looted by British soldiers in the late nineteenth century. A decision on the restitution was facilitated by the fact that the Benin bronzes can be returned to a politically neutral body, the newly founded Legacy Restoration Trust.

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