TO DECOLONIZE IS TO DECONTEXTUALIZE, TRISTRAM HUNT. SHOULD WE STOP ASKING FOR RESTITUTION OF OUR LOOTED ARTEFACTS?
Most readers know by now that the defenders of the looting of African cultural artefacts are very active and surprise us often by their sheer inventiveness and ability to find new defences for what, under all circumstances, cannot be defended: colonial looting of African artefacts with violence and military power and their further retention despite all rules and regulations of the international community. The latest invention of the supporters of the universal museum comes from Tristram Hunt, Director, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, which holds, inter alia, a considerable number of looted Ethiopian artefacts stolen by the British in their notorious invasion of Ethiopia in 1860, attacking the Emperor Tewodros II at Magdala who committed suicide in preference to surrender to the violent invaders. (1)
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