Smithsonian Institute Plans to Return Benin Bronzes to Nigeria

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Friday, March 18, 2022
Author: 
Alexander Mostaghimi
Volume: 
38
Issue: 
3
Abstract: 

On March 11, 2022, the Smithsonian Institute announced that most, but not all, of their 39 Benin Bronzes are marked for return to Nigeria’s National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCCM).  The Institution’s spokesperson, Linda St. Thomas, said that officials will determine whether to return the remaining artifacts once they are verified as being stolen.