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Metropolitan Museum of Art sends three Benin bronzes home to Nigeria
by Neda Ulaby

NPR (National Public Radio)    Translate This Article
10 June 2021

On 10 June 2021 NPR (National Public Radio) reported: Beautiful bronze sculptures and castings from West Africa have long been exhibited in some of the world's most august institutions, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art [in US] announced Wednesday [9 June] it's returning three of these artworks to Nigeria. They include two 16th-century brass plaques created at the Court of Benin, and a brass head produced in Ife around the 14th century. Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the field of culture, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

... (Borders have shifted over the years and the erstwhile Kingdom of Benin, from whence these artworks originated, is in what's now southern Nigeria.) ... The mysterious collector donated the works -- and his other Benin bronzes -- to the Met in 1991. Over the past year, the Met said it's researched their provenance, in collaboration with the Nigerian National Commission for Museums and Monuments. It decided to return the works to Nigeria.

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