Loot: a movement to investigate the cultural artifacts stolen
|Gold and gilded copper crown with glass beads, pigment and fabric, made in Ethipoa (1600–1850) (all images © Victoria and Albert Museum, London)|
- Quartz reports that “Perhaps for the first time in Kenya’s history, there’s a movement to investigate the cultural artifacts stolen and kept outside the country’s borders.” The initiative is one of many recent efforts to repatriate objects. Abdi Latif Dahir writes:
Funded by the German cultural institute in Kenya, the program seeks to create a first-of-its-kind inventory of Kenyan artifacts held in public institutions abroad. Once the objects are identified in museums in Germany, UK, and the US, the aim is to get these works to Kenya and feature them in permanent or temporary exhibitions.