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  • Updated: April 12, 2024

UK returns Ghanaian artefacts on loan after 150 years

UK returns Ghanaian artefacts on loan after 150 years

The United Kingdom has repatriated a collection of 32 royal artefacts from Ghana's Asante Kingdom over 150 years ago.

As reported by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) the artefacts, predominantly crafted from gold and silver, were seized from the court of the Asante king, Asantehene, during 19th-century conflicts between the Asante people and the British. 

The Victoria & Albert Museum and the British Museum have dispatched the items to Ghana on a long-term loan, initially for three years, with the possibility of extending it for another three years.

Formal restitution of the artefacts to the current King of Asante, King Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, is scheduled for Friday. They will subsequently be exhibited at the Manhyia Palace Museum in Kumasi, coinciding with celebrations marking the king's silver jubilee.

Negotiations for the loan arrangement were conducted directly with the King of Asante, bypassing the Ghanaian government.

Among the returned artefacts, symbolic of the Asante royal authority, are a gold peace pipe, a ceremonial sword, and various gold insignias.

This loan agreement was necessitated by legal constraints in the UK, which prevented certain national museums from permanently repatriating contested items under their possession

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