African art needs to come home – and this is why

The Guardian | Dilip Ratha | Patrick Kabanda:


The absence of artistic treasures is a huge loss to African countries’ economies and contributes to a loss of national and personal identity

African art dots museums across Europe and North America, gracing countries where many Africans would be hard pressed to get a visa.

The bust of Queen Nefertiti of Egypt in Berlin’s Neues museum. Photograph: Oliver Lang/AFP/Getty Images

In the Neues museum in Berlin, the bust of Queen Nefertiti is lit and kept at a temperature to mimic conditions in Egypt. Its grace radiantly reflects the meaning of her name: “the beautiful one has come.” For Egypt and Africa, however, the beautiful one left. Nefertiti has been in Germany since 1913, despite the fact Egypt has demanded she be returned home…


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