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The theft of the Benin Bronzes.
Many of the Benin Bronze artifacts are currently housed in the British Museum, as well as other museums across Western Europe, and the United States.
Some of the priceless pieces are procured by wealthy art collectors through auctions, like this Bronze Memorial Head sold by Christie’s Auction House in London for 1.2 million pounds in 1989. The British Museum itself sold numerous pieces, as late as 1972. (Source)
Privately (black market), collectors acquire all kinds of Benin art not just limited to bronze/brass. Rare artifacts made from ivory, clay, wood, terracotta, and other materials all command high prices. Many of these are in the hands of German estates. German collectors bought them first when a sizable amount was sold in the late 1890s.
It needs to be stressed that these weren’t an archaeological find. These are looted artifacts. Under the command of Admiral Sir Harry Rawson, the artifacts were stolen by the British Army in the Benin Expedition of 1897. They deliberately destroyed, plundered, and burned Benin down to the ground. To date, no one knows how many Edo people were killed in Benin by the British. The expedition brought an end to the Kingdom of Benin. Click here for a short video on how the looting occurred.
Only a handful of these artifacts are in Nigeria today. Nigeria had to buy back 50 pieces of their own artifacts from the British Museum. The British Museum refuses to return the rest, despite being fully aware that they were stolen.
Click here for a listing of pictures and details on some of the various Benin artifacts housed mostly in museums in Europe and the US.
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Nas Re-Launches HSTRY Clothing
Nas announces the relaunch of HSTRY Clothing with the brands first solo collection featuring Mass Appeal Record’s Bishop Nehru, premiering this Fall.An apparel brand from the mind of legendary hip-hop artist Nas, HSTRY was first introduced to the world in the fall of 2013 via a collaboration with New York style arbiter, Grungy Gentleman. Featuring luxury leather jackets, accessories and a blend of premium streetwear, the pieces reflected Nas’ current personal style. Now, as the brand launches its first solo collection, the Queensbridge MC takes it back to the streets.From the cars he dreamed of buying as a kid to the people and moments that inspired his ascent into the cultural strata, HSTRY’s new collection speaks of Nas’ personal journey and motivation with vibrant, original graphics and color-blocking extolling an era that birthed legends and shaped decades to come.