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Neil Brodie – Compromise and restorative justice: More about Benin

John Picton has re-opened discussion on the status of the Benin bronzes, ivories and other artworks that were seized as plunder when a British ‘punitive expedition’ occupied Benin City in 1897 (http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.theartnewspaper.com%2Farticles%2FCompromise-negotiate-support%2F23003&h=80574). The expedition had been dispatched to enforce a treaty signed five years earlier in 1892 by British vice-consul Henry Gallwey and Oba Ovonramwen of Benin that had incorporated Benin into the British Empire. The artworks were subsequently sold to help defray the costs of the expedition, and are now dispersed in collections and museums worldwide.

read full text at http://www.museum-security.org/brodie_benin_2011.pdf

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