UK Museum Agrees to Return Looted Benin Bronzes to Nigeria

The Horniman Museum and Gardens in southeast London said that it would transfer a collection of 72 items to the Nigerian government.

  • Published
This handout photo provided by Horniman Museum and Gardens shows a brass plaque depicting a war chief and a royal military priest carrying a leather gift box. London's Horniman Museum and Gardens announced Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022 that it had agreed to return a collection of Benin Bronzes looted in the late 19th century from what is now Nigeria. (Horniman Museum and Gardens via AP)
Image via AP Photo/Horniman Museum

This article was republished here with permission from The Associated Press, however it is no longer available to read on Snopes.com.

LONDON (AP) — A London museum agreed Sunday to return a collection of Benin Bronzes looted in the late 19th century from what is now Nigeria as cultural institutions throughout Britain come under pressure to repatriate artifacts acquired during the colonial era. The Horniman Museum and Gardens in southeast London said that it would transfer a collection of 72 items to the Nigerian government. The decision comes after Nigeria’s National Commission for Museums and Monuments…

Read at AP News