Thursday 26 September 2013

Looted Benin artefacts: Boston museum opens gallery with ‘support of Benin monarch’

One of the works, a plaque 16th–17th century, depicting drum and two attendants with gongs, made of  copper alloy Collection.

It does appear that there is an official endorsement of the controversial acquisition of 32 Benin artefacts donated to Museum of Fine Art {MFA}, Boston U.S. last year.

According to a group known as Coalition of Committed Benin Community Organizations – which claims to be representing Benin monarch in Boston – MFA's  opening of a Benin Kingdom Gallery "is to celebrate the arts and culture of the Edo community". The group had earlier asked for support to join the Boston museum in to “celebrate” Benin art and culture on Wednesday, September 25” {yesterday}.

The Benin Gallery was actually opened yesterday, another source has confirmed. Meanwhile, the response of the Benin monarch is currently being awaited as regards the alleged endorsement.
 Meanwhile, the MFA had announced on its website that officials from Benin will be attending the opening of the gallery. READ MORE HERE

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