UK temporarily returns Ashanti treasures stolen during colonization to Ghana

Cairo: Hani Kamal El-Din


Two British museums have returned to Ghana 32 gold and silver objects looted from the Ashanti kingdom more than 150 years ago for a period of six years, according to the Ghanaian party which negotiated the loan. These precious objects, which arrived in the country on Wednesday April 17, had been stolen from the court of the Asante (or Ashanti) king during the clashes which took place in the 19th century between the British and the influential Asante people. Fifteen come from the British Museum and 17 from the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A).

This return comes as international pressure increases for European and American museums and institutions to return to African states art objects looted by former colonial powers, such as Great Britain, France, Germany and Belgium.

Under the agreement, these antiquities, including gold and silver costumes associated with the Asante royal court, will be on display from May 1 at the Manhyia Palace Museum, Kumasi City, The occasion of the celebration of the silver jubilee of the Asante king, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, which will last all year.

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