Catherine Hickley | The Art Newspaper | 22nd March 2021
A significant moment. After widespread procrastination, Germany has become the first nation to commence “full restitution” of its Benin bronzes. These artifacts – statues, plaques, ivory carvings, made over hundreds of years – were looted by British soldiers in 1897 in Benin (southern Nigeria). Says one curator, “Benvenuto Cellini could not have made a better cast. [They are] at the summit of what can be technically achieved”. An excellent backgrounder is here.