Two of the works, the 16th-century bronze court of Benin Court of the “Warrior Chief” and the “Junior Court Official,” donated to the museum by Klaus Perls and his wife Dolly at the museum 1991, the third place, the 14th-century “Worship Head” was recently offered by another collector to buy it at the museum.
The museum decided to return to work after research and collaboration with the British Museum, through a grant from the Nigerian National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM). The two monuments are part of a collection of 153 African treasures donated by Permses to the museum over the past 30 years that include a number of jewelery, carved ivory, masks, jewelry and accessories.
Based on the museum, the tablets were removed by the British army in 1897 from the Royal Palace, now in Nigeria and entered the collection of the British Museum. About 1950 or 1951, the London office donated them and 24 other items to the National Museum in Lagos.
The works were removed from the museum building “on an unknown date and under uncertain conditions,” Met said in a press release, and sold at the international art market, where Perls bought them. Both items have already been obtained from Met.
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According to the Met, the head of the department “has to be the one who has to understand the rights and responsibilities given to the workers by the NCMM.” He added that the questioning took place at the home of the other known exhibition, Met then “arranged it with the seller and their representative for the ‘Worship Head’ to return to his right home.
The Met said it would hold on until the NCMM chief executive, Abba Isa Tijani, was able to travel to New York to bring them back. “We are grateful for the understanding and understanding shown by the Metropolitan Museum of Art about the causes of these recurrences,” Tijani said.
Max Hollein, the head of the Met said in a statement that “the sustainability of these activities within the Nigerian national network is crucial to the well-being of the community where the archives are kept and to the development of dialogue and dialogue.” face between the Met and our Nigerian counterparts. ” Among the projects the Met would like to work in Nigeria, he added, is the Edo Museum of West African Art in Benin City.
“We welcome the development of social interactions in the world of museums, and appreciate the fair thinking expressed by the Metropolitan Museum of Art,” said Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture. and statement. “Nigeria is mandating that other museums be made aware of this art. Bewa art can be a better place if anyone with a national identity considers the abilities and influence of these people. expelled. “