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The Brutish Museums

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Walk into any Western museum today and you will see the curated spoils of Empire. They sit behind plate glass: dignified, tastefully lit. Accompanying pieces of card offer a name, date and place of origin. They do not mention that the objects are all stolen. Few artefacts embody this history of rapacious and extractive colonialism better than the Benin Bronzes – a collection of thousands of metal plaques and sculptures depicting the history of the Royal Court of the Obas of Benin City, Nigeria. Pillaged during a British naval attack in 1897, the loot was passed on to Queen Victoria, the British Museum and countless private collections. The Brutish Museums sits at the heart of a heated debate about cultural restitution, repatriation and the decolonisation of museums. Since its first publication, museums across the western world have begun to return their Bronzes to Nigeria, heralding a new era in the way we understand the collections of empire we once took for granted.

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Artikelnummer: 39790 Categorie: Tags: , , ,
Subtitel: The Benin Bronzes, Colonial Violence and Cultural Restitution
Auteur: Hicks, Dan
Jaar: 2020
ISBN: 9780745346229
Pagina's: 368
Taal: English
Uitgever: Pluto Press
Uitgever stad: London
Verschijningsdatum: 2020-08-20
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