National Gallery of Art in Washington DC plans to return looted Benin cockerel to Nigeria

The National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, plans to return a brass cockerel pillaged in 1897 by British colors from the royal palace in Benin to Nigeria, and is in contact with the applicable authorities there, a spokesman says.

National Gallery of Art in Washington DC plans to return looted Benin cockerel to Nigeria

The museum is “eager to work with the relevant parties in Nigeria” to restitute the sculpture

The National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, plans to return a brass cockerel pillaged in 1897 by British colors from the royal palace in Benin to Nigeria, and is in contact with the applicable authorities there, a spokesman says. 
 
 The cockerel, the only work in the collection to have been despoiled in the sacking of Benin, dates from the middle of the 18th century and was bestowed to the gallery in 1955. 
“ The National Gallery is eager to work with the applicable parties in Nigeria, including the civil government of Nigeria, to transfer power and possession of this object on a mutually agreeable schedule and terms,” the spokesman says. 
 
 After the 1897 sacking, artefacts from Benin’s royal palace were vended off and scattered around the world; Benin objects are held by further than 160 transnational galleries, including several in the US. 
But now numerous galleries are planning to return them to Nigeria. The Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of African Art has removed its Benin awards from display and is planning to repudiate the pillaged artefacts. The University of California’s Fowler Museum has also said it plans addresses with the Nigerian authorities on the future of 18 objects in its collection from the Kingdom of Benin. 
 
 Inmid-October, Germany and Nigeria inked a memorandum of understanding setting out a schedule for the return of about Benin artefacts from German galleries, with the first deportations imaged in the alternate quarter of 2022. 
The same month, two British universities reciprocated pillaged artefacts to Nigeria the University of Aberdeen handed over the citation head of an oba, or king and Jesus College Cambridge returned a citation form of a cockerel analogous to the National Gallery’s.