The university said it will return the samples, some of which were used in research that directly or indirectly supported scientific racism.
Digital Benin contains data from about 5,246 objects scattered across 131 institutions in 20 countries.
The Met’s deal with the Greek government to “repatriate” billionaire Leonard Stern’s Cycladic art collection is not what it seems.
Kapoor led a smuggling ring charged with trafficking over 2,600 individual objects worth over $143 million.
But Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who says the UK is “cornered,” plans to insist on the marbles’ return during a visit this year.
The episode focused on Western museums’ hesitant repatriation efforts and auction houses’ questionable consignment practices.
Curators and professors are now working alongside tribal representatives to begin the process of repatriating human remains and objects.
Panama is attempting to recover its cultural heritage after more than a century of illegal trafficking.
It is the first national museum in England to agree to restitute looted Benin items, increasing pressure on the British Museum to do the same.
First Nations, Métis, and Inuit leaders have asked for their cultural heritage to be returned ahead of the pope’s visit to Canada.
Also slated for return are seven Indian artifacts and 25 Lakota items, some of them seized from the site of the 1890 Wounded Knee massacre.
The two terracotta works were missing essential paperwork and “raised red flags immediately,” the museum’s provenance curator told Hyperallergic.