The Edo Museum of West African Art in Benin City is being considered as a future home for the returned artifacts.
Critics note that the Met has failed to address the hundreds of other works from Benin that remain in its collection.
Thousands of objects were looted from present-day Nigeria by British troops in a punitive mission in 1897.
Nigeria’s business leaders will have to give generously; politicians will have to put rivalries aside; and contemporary artists will have to embrace the project.
While conversations about historic monuments ignite public debate, a small sculpture which was likely looted heads to auction at Christie’s Paris.
“The Brutish Museums” considers the histories of cruelty that western museums perpetuate when they do not endeavor to return looted colonial artifacts.
Also, artists are raising funds to benefit a Bethlehem arts center raided by Israeli soldiers, and more.
The RISD Museum has held this Benin bronze head in its collection for 80 years. “No one would have given it up unless under duress,” the curators say. But tracing its provenance and repatriating it is no simple matter.
Despite the British Museum’s active participation in work towards restitution, the current display and captioning fail to be forthright or responsible.
Members of a Pan-African group stood trial in Paris on charges of attempted theft for an action staged at the city’s Quai Branly Museum.
Meanwhile, a new report commissioned by the Dutch culture minister suggests the return of “any cultural objects looted in former Dutch colonies if the source country so requests.”
The 2,000-year-old statue, believed to depict Persephone, is impeccably preserved.