Benin and Liverpool exhibition to confront colonial history

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The African city was destroyed by the British in 1897, with troops looting carvings and sculptures as it fell.
Liverpool’s World Museum said it would be exhibiting 21 works “directly or indirectly” linked to the sacking.
Executive director Janet Dugdale said putting the display together had been “challenging, creative and rewarding”.

Benin City, the seat of the Benin Empire, stood in what is now Nigeria and was sacked by the British during a punitive expedition in 1897, with thousands of religious and cultural artefacts being sent back to Britain.
Many items ended up in museums or in private collections in Europe and North America and in recent years, there have been calls for the looted objects to be returned to Africa.

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