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Kwame Opoku – LOOT IN LOOT – BENIN HEAD OF OBA IN NAZI LOOTED JEWISH ART COLLECTION TO BE AUCTIONED

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LOOT IN LOOT – BENIN HEAD OF OBA IN NAZI LOOTED JEWISH ART COLLECTION TO BE AUCTIONED

‘These Benin works stand among the highest heights of European casting. Benvenuto Cell could not have made a better cast himself, nor anyone before or after him,even to the present

day. These bronzes reach the very heights of what is technically possible.,

Felix von Luschan, Die Altertümervon Benin, 1919.

Head of an Oba, Benin Nigeria, part of Nazi-looted art, now to be auctioned.

According to information on the homepage of the auction house, Zemanek-Münster, Wurzburg, Germany, the above Oba head as well as a commemorative head and 9 other Benin bronze relief panels will be auctioned on 10 March 2018. (1)

Provenance research established that the Benin objects were part of the Rudolf Mosse art collection that the Nazis confiscated and compulsorily auctioned in 1934.After several changes in ownership, these Benin objects became part of the estate of Gerda Bassenge (1915-1995) who acquired them in 1966 and are still part of the Bassenge property.

 

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