Benin Bronzes on Loan and the Museums Dilemma (1)
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Benin Bronzes on Loan and the Museums Dilemma (1)

•The Benin Ivory mask in the Metropolitan Museum New York By Denrele Animasaun Recently, in all the media, there has been a lot of excitement on the proposed loan of the Benin Bronzes which many believe were taken, looted or stolen by the colonist from the Benin Palace by brutal force in 1897 what is now known as the Benin Massacre. While many are excited some, (which include me), view this proposed loan of the Benin Bronzes from perhaps the British Museum and other Museums in Europe with curious interest. As numerous questions arise such as: Bring all these Bronzes to where? The Benin Museum or Nigeria’s National Museum in its capital cities Lagos or Abuja? When they do arrive will they be shared for the knowledge and education of the nation? Also what are the real reasons for loaning these works back to Nigeria/Benin to serve what purpose? Who really cares whether these Bronzes are on loan back to Nigeria or not except from the Benin Palace from which they were taken? These are the questions that perhaps need to be asked before accepting and agreeing to a tokenistic gesture without recourse. The concept of a Museum as […]

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