Researchers have discovered that at least 114 objects stolen from Nigeria can be found in Dutch museum collections. British soldiers took the objects from the palace of the king of the former Kingdom of Benin in the present-day Nigerian city of Benin City in 1897. A spokesperson for the National Museum of World Cultures Foundation confirms a message about this on Saturday Faithful.
These include carved tusks, metal king’s heads and plaques. They are in collections in the Museum of Ethnology in Leiden, the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam, the Africa Museum in Berg en Dal and the Wereldmuseum in Rotterdam. Nigeria would like them back.
Last year a special committee called for the restitution of looted art from ex-colonies. Outgoing Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven (Culture) has now drawn up a plan about this. The next cabinet must decide on this.
The report that researchers from the museums in question have drawn up about Nigerian art will be online early next week. In it, they provided insight into how traders and British officers brought the objects to Europe at the time.
Source site www.nu.nl