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Benin Bronzes Aren’t Safer in the West Than They Would Be in Nigeria, Academics Say

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At a virtual conference held by Columbia University ’s Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America on Friday, academics pushed against a number of myths surrounding the Benin Bronzes , a controversial group of thousands of art objects looted from the Kingdom of Benin, in what is now Nigeria, in 1897 by British troops as part of a colonial conquest. A repeated concern at the event was the idea...

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