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The Case Of The Benin Bronzes: Exploring Repatriation In U.S. Museums, Kendra Voelz Nov 2022

The Case Of The Benin Bronzes: Exploring Repatriation In U.S. Museums, Kendra Voelz

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The Benin Bronzes are a grouping of an estimated 10,000 works made from brass, ivory, wood, clay, as well as other materials. These objects originated from the royal palace in Benin City, located in present day Nigeria in Africa. Within the last five years, beginning in 2017, discussions surrounding the repatriation of these artifacts from museums around the world have been reignited to a high degree where institutions are actively working towards researching and, in increasing numbers, repatriating the material to Nigeria. Through video and written interviews this thesis examines the thoughts and opinions of 11 professionals in museums across …