1897 British punitive expedition against the Benin Kingdom and its aftermath

By Sue Berryman What are the Benin bronzes? The Kingdom of Benin (Edo Empire), located in what today is south-central Nigeria, flourished from the 13th century AD until 1897 when the British annexed it.  It was a wealthy and highly developed kingdom with artefacts in brass[1] and ivory of highly skilled production and of unparalleled …

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