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Edo condemns UK’s plan to auction Oba’s Mask

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Benin Head

In a recent move by London museum to auction a 16th century Benin Ivory Pendant Mask, with a price tag of 4.5 million pounds, the Government of Edo State has expressed with dismay and in strong terms, condemned the plan describing it as a criminal act.
Edo State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Hon. Abdul Oroh, who frowned on the development, made the disclosure in an interview with pressmen recently said every move would be made to stop it.
According to Oroh, “the mask was stolen and it remains a product of crime. Any attempt to sell it will mean a perpetration of criminal act. They should be returned because they were taken under false pretence.”
Recently reported in Financial Times of London, the mask to be offered for sale at Sotheby’s, London in February 2011, was described as one of the last great masterpieces of Benin sculpture remaining in private hands and the mask is believed to have been worn by the Oba.
The mask, a-22centimetre tall was reported to have been sold by the descendants of Lt. Col. Sir Henry Lionel Gallwey, Deputy Commissioner and Vice-Consul in the Oil Rivers Protectorate in 1891, who took part in the infamous Punitive Expedition of 1897 in Benin, Edo State.
Oroh explained that “about 3,000 various descriptions of antiquities like leopard skins, masks and different artworks were looted from the palace of Oba of Benin during the notorious expedition.
After the expedition, Oba of Benin, Oba Ovrewemem Nogbaisi was tried and acquitted. This meant that the whole exercise was designed to loot the kingdom’s treasures. There was a report which said that the treasures looted from the Oba’s palace were enough to pay for the cost of the war.”
Oroh however added that he has personally seen many great works of Benin kingdom in different museums all over the world.
“There are many others in the hands of the private people. We believe these people have no right to benefit from this crime. We believe the art work should be returned to Oba of Benin, whose fore-bearer is the right owner of these artworks.
“The Edo State Government has called on the international communities and the UNESCO to compel the British Government and its people to return all the antiquities stolen from Benin. Also, the international communities should prevail on all other countries in possessions of Benin heritage to return them forthwith,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Director of African Oceanic Arts, Sotheby, Mr. Jean Fritts has described the mask as having a unique and untouched surface which attracts antiquity collectors the world over.
“Its honey colour attests to years of rubbing with palm oil,” he said. A bronze head of an Oba of around 1575 to 1625 was sold for a record amount of 44.7 million pounds in 2007. While the auction record for any work of art from African is 5.9 million pounds.

(Wale Olapade, Nigerian Tribune, Wednesday, 29 December 2010)

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14 comments:' femiJanuary 6, 2011 at 2:02 amReply

Great testation to the expertise of the Benin people. If the mask is returned how prepared/ equiped are we (Nigeria/ Edo) to take care of it?

Folarin KolawoleJanuary 6, 2011 at 10:42 amReply

@ Femi…Ok…lets agree the Nigerian government is less capable and prepared to take proper care of our cultural and historical artifacts…shall we then leave them to foreigners to claim and cart away for their own economic gains? Yeah, we can let them keep for us, but let it be a termed agreement and let there be constant remittance to us a percentage of the financial gains they’re making on our artifacts.' femmyextraJanuary 7, 2011 at 1:02 amReply

Ok folarin you have made a good point. I personally believe Nigeria is not yet prepared to maintain such delicate artifacts. If we can get paid ‘renting’ it out, cool

Folarin KolawoleJanuary 7, 2011 at 1:39 amReply

@ Femi..yeah cool…but am sure non of the present custodians of the artifacts will like to settle for that option, considering how much they have invested in purchasing them…and this is why our government needs to put up the fight..cos its worth the mile!' Custom Vehicle Registration CaliforniaJanuary 14, 2011 at 4:54 amReply

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@ Kolawole, You have spoken wisely. If we do not have the facilities to maintain the bronzehead or any artifact falsefully claimed from the benin Kingdom; it still doesnt justify them having it. Put it the other way round, in the world today, what do we consider breaching international law to some extent? It is simply when black africa goes against the wishes of the western world. Deconstruct the happenings in Libya with Gadaffi, In Zimbabwe with Mugabe? why did the International community not intervene in Rwandan genocide? simply because they put the nations interest first before any other. So in summary, let them return the artifacts to the rightful owners.

Folarin KolawoleApril 4, 2011 at 8:35 pmReply

@ Osm…thanks for your comment. You are absolutely on point. We hope to get our mask back someday…the mask is our ‘prodigal son’ and it’ll surely come back to its rightful home someday…yes, someday soon.' SuzanApril 5, 2011 at 7:47 amReply

Just thinking…isn’t the Nigerian National Museum responsible for taking care of such antiquities?' FiyinOctober 17, 2012 at 9:12 pmReply

………………………………………………..' SechabaNovember 28, 2017 at 1:41 pmReply

The British must return all artefacts not just this one mask.