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The Looting of the Benin Bronzes

The British attack Benin City in 1897 and steal its ancient artwork, the Benin bronzes. We hear from Mark Walker, the grandson of a British soldier who took part in the raid.

The British attack Benin City in 1897 and steal its ancient artwork, the Benin bronzes. We hear from Mark Walker, the grandson of a British soldier who took part in what was called the Benin Punitive Expedition, launched after a group of British officials are killed.
(Photo: Captain Herbert Walker seated on the far right, with some of the looted Benin bronzes in the background. Credit: Mark Walker.)

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Tue 24 Feb 2015 08:50GMT

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