These West African artifacts tell stories of great forgotten empires but also the battle to own Africa’s art

Feb 01, 2020 - Quartz

The fight for control of Africa’s art objects is one of the most hotly debated topics in today’s art world. Museums in London, Paris, New York and across the Western world hold some of Africa’s most treasured artifacts, despite calls from African politicians, artists, activists and scholars to return the objects that were originally stolen during slave trade and the colonial period.

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