Loaned loot

BBC History Magazine - - History Now -

Nige­rian of­fi­cials have in­di­cated that they may be will­ing to ac­cept the re­turn of the Benin Bronzes on long-term loan rather than on a per­ma­nent ba­sis. The plaques, one of which is pic­tured here, were plun­dered from the an­cient king­dom of Benin (in what is now south­ern Nige­ria) dur­ing a puni­tive ex­pe­di­tion in 1897 which saw the an­cient city burned and looted. Two hun­dred of the ob­jects are cur­rently at the Bri­tish Mu­seum.

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