DENVER (AP) – British troops in 1897 staged a violent retaliatory raid on the kingdom of Benin, in what is now southern Nigeria, looting and torching the royal palace and sending the oba, or king, into exile . The British confiscated all of the royal treasures of their colonial subjects, giving some to the officers but taking most to an auction in London to help pay for the shipment.
These rare ‘Benin bronzes’ over the past century have been scattered in hundreds of institutions around the world, including the Denver Art Museum, where a 16th or 17th century bronze plaque is one of 11 objects from the museum’s collection from the ancient kingdom. from Benin.[ad_2]