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US News Ethiopia: Ancient treasures looted in the nineteenth century return to Addis Ababa

01:50  21 november  2021
01:50  21 november  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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Le Musée national éthiopien, dans la capitale Addis Abeba, a exposé des oeuvres pillées au 19e siècle et restituées à l'Éthiopie. Ici une vue d'Addis Abeba (Image illustration). © Gettyimages The National Ethiopian museum, in the capital Addis Ababa, exposed works looted in the 19th century and returned to Ethiopia. Here a view from Addis Ababa (picture illustration).

Several antique treasures have returned this Saturday, November 20 in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. The works have been returned after spending more than 150 years in Europe.

of our correspondent in Addis Ababa, Noah Hochet-Bodin

This is the greatest return of works of art ever made in Ethiopia. At the National Museum of Addis Ababa was exposed to a series of artifacts returning from Europe, mainly from the United Kingdom, but also from Belgium and the Netherlands. In particular a crown, an imperial shield, a set of silver cuts or a book of manuscript prayer.

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The delivery of these objects has a "huge meaning," said the Ethiopian ambassador to London. Meaning because if Ethiopia has never been colonized, several works have been looted during the conflicts that opposed it to the colonial powers. The objects returned this Saturday had for example been swept away by the British army during the battle of Magdala in 1868.

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but Ethiopia is not going to stay there. She asks the United Kingdom the restitution of other works, such as tablets representing the ark of alliance. The country of the Horn of Africa also negotiates with the United States to organize the return of a Bible and a Cross, which should be bidding.

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