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Question: Why is the Ownership of Benin Art so Controversial? (1000 words)
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Answer: The ownership of Benin art is still a greatly contested area, and there are a number of opinions which should be looked at, on whether or not they should be returned to their place of origin. It is important to note that there has been a change in the relationship between Europe and Africa, From when Benin’s artefacts were first forcibly removed after the British invasion of Benin in 1897. These works of art were made in Benin in the fifteenth and eary sixteenth centuries, they were things of great beauty and on par with art of some European courts of the sixteenth and seventeenth century. This did not fit in with Victorians racist picture of an ‘African primitive way of life’ ( Loftus, Wood, 2008, p. 76.). To recently, where there has been a shift in the way Western museums set about displaying Benin art to best represent it as a way of enlightening people on the history of the...(short extract)

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  • Subject: The arts past and present
  • Course: AA100
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 1st
  • Mark: Not available
  • Words: 992
  • Date submitted: January 07, 2012
  • Date written: August, 2008
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 3958

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