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Looted Benin treasures to go online in international project led by Hamburg museum

Project is backed by the Ernst von Siemens art foundation, which seeks “a more factual focus to the discussions about restitution”

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'We want to be part of the solution': UK museum says it is open to discussing fate of Benin bronze after prince demands its return

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery wants to work in tandem with the Benin Dialogue Group, which is made up of institutions that hold the majority of the pieces

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France promises to return 26 looted Benin artefacts by 2021 and opens talks on 'wider set of works'

But full restitution depends on changes to French law and the construction of new Benin museum

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Cambridge college returns Benin bronze to Nigeria

Statue of a cockerel was looted by the British in 1897 from the Court of Benin

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Museum of Fine Arts Boston gets Benin’s royal blessing over bronzes display

The educational display of objects, many captured during a punitive raid in 1897, have the approval of the king of Benin himself

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Benin Bronzes

Leading institutions absent from meeting in Nigeria to foster international co-operation over Benin bronzes

No US museums were represented at the meeting.

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Benin Bronzes

Benin mask withdrawn from Sotheby's auction

Cancellation follows accusations that the object was looted, although no formal claim has been made

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Benin Bronzes

Is very rare Benin ivory mask for sale?

Last of rare Benin ivories in private hands is expected to go on the market

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Benin Bronzes

Benin biennials begin with feuds over unethical behaviour

Benin waited more than 50 years since its independence for a biennial, and now it has two

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Benin Bronzes

Lehman gift of Benin treasures to Museum of Fine Arts angers Nigeria

Works looted by the British and reassembled by banking heir find permanent home in Boston

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Benin Bronzes

How The Queen came to own a Lagos museum piece

The Nigerian Head of State raided a museum to present her with a Benin bronze in 1973

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Restitution

Bernie Grant and the quest to return ceremonial objects to Nigeria: Was the Stone of Destiny Pandora’s box?

Grant shares with The Art Newspaper his conversation with Julian Spalding of the Kelingrove Art Gallery in Glasgow

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Stolen Benin bronze found in Zürich

Stolen from Jos, Nigeria, Benin bronze turns up in Zürich auction house