Cotonou Benin Museums
African artifacts, including those from Benin, have come under the spotlight, with the British Museum announcing plans to lend works of art to a planned new museum in Ben in the City, due to open in 2021. Christie's (British auction house) announced the sale of some of the world's most important Ivory Coast artworks, including a newly discovered Akan terracotta head and a number of other rare and rare items.
A total of 32 African artworks from the collection will be sold in a series of auctions at Sotheby's. Measured by the number of specimens, 35 WAC species are represented in the IITAB collection, of which only 6 are from this collection. The most strongly represented genera such as Akan and Nephus are not to be found in the collections of IFAN. For example, 22 species of Nep Hus are reported in West Africa, but there is no evidence that any of them have been found in the IFan collection, and only one of these species, the Akane, has been identified.
Although the museums of Benin and Senegal are located in these countries, they have experienced more collecting efforts because they are neighbouring countries where museum expeditions could be carried out without problems.
Other attractions include the versatile Musee da Silva, which offers a short history of Benin and a collection of ancient and modern artifacts. New museums are being built all over Africa, including museums in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Senegal, Nigeria and Tanzania. These artifacts are already part of a global ecosystem that appears to be moving out of Africa.
The value attributed to many of these artifacts taken from Africa does not exist in their current locations. African artworks are returning home, and the museum's names emphasize the importance of its cultural significance to the people of Benin, but few of them are religious monuments and represent a dying segment of African culture. The exhibits are housed in an elegant colonial building that was formerly used by the local government and refer to archaeology, history and art.
In the picture. A large percentage of the taxis in the museum are collected by only a few people, which is consistent with this scenario. It should also be noted that the various researchers who act as curators of the IFAN insect collection are taxonomists. Collaboration between researchers from around the world could explain why the identification material at IITAB is taxonomytically more up-to-date than at IFan. Collection efforts to build up museum holdings are focused more on collecting insect species and less on collections of other species.
Recent advances in systematic taxonomy, and cybertaxonomy in particular, have provided web-based taxonomic tools and digitized scientific resources, including the ability to fill gaps in the taxonomy of a variety of species and their taxa, thereby reducing the need for large collections of taxonomic materials. Together with recent progress in biodiversity surveys and inventory projects, greater progress could be made in taxonomy of the museum's collections.
A decade ago, leading African artists were virtually absent from art sales, but contemporary works are now well represented in several international auction houses. In March, Sotheby's said that the number of high-quality works by African artists for sale at its auction house in London had increased.
African art and many others are located outside the continent, including throughout Africa, with hundreds of thousands of historical artifacts in Belgium, Great Britain, Austria and Germany. While some galleries and art exhibitions in Nigeria act as custodians of "African art," the country's oldest museums are run down and generally underfunded. A statue of the throne, which includes a portrait of King George III and his wife, is estimated at 30,000 to 900,000 euros.
French troops looted 26 statues from the Kingdom of Dahomey, and the returned artifact number 24 contains 17 sceptres that were once looted in the powerful and ancient Kingdom of Dahomesy. Among the artifacts are 17 statues, 26 of which were looted by French forces during the reign of King George III and his wife Queen Elizabeth II.
Records and material from IFAN and IITAB show that over 60 WAC specimens have been collected in Africa, Africa and the Middle East over the past two decades. I ITA station in Ibadan, Nigeria, collected the first of 17 IFan Wac's from Dakar, Senegal, as well as a number of other specimens.
In addition, IFAN's holdings have been expanded by the acquisition of a number of WAC's from IITAB and other institutions in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
Bonhams in London recently described the continent as "one of the most important cultural, cultural and economic treasures in the world." Benedict of Savoy called it "a continent that has returned to take over the colonial era" and called for its return.
Part of the report said the objects would be returned to Africa if it could be proved that they were legally acquired. Djimasse told AFP news agency: "This will allow us to build a new museum and make the royal palace more economically sustainable. They will return once the museum, which is under construction with financial support from the former colonial masters, is completed.