For the first time, Ethiopian stolen artifacts returned to the country in large quantities | Look how nice it is

“The history, artifacts, evidence of indigenous knowledge, the culture of our country’s ancient civilization… were looted in war and illegally smuggled,” said Nasise Challa, Ethiopia’s minister of tourism.

The items, which include an intricate lattice processional cross, a richly colored triptych depicting the crucifixion of Jesus, and a red ornate brass imperial shield, are part of the biggest restitution act in Ethiopian history, officials said..

Among items are an intricate lattice procession cross, a richly colored triptych depicting the crucifixion of Jesus, and a red ornate brass imperial shield. — Photo: REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

The artifacts were taken in 1868, after the Battle of Magdala between the British and Ethiopian empires.

In June, some of the objects had been offered by a private seller descended from a British soldier who fought in Magdala at a UK auction.

“There are many artifacts that were looted from Magdala,” said Teferi Meles, Ethiopia’s ambassador to the UK, where many of these treasures are located.

“We haven’t been able to bring them all back, but this is the first time in the country’s history that looted artifacts have been brought back in this quantity.”

Several of the objects were acquired by the Scheherazade Foundation, a non-profit cultural organization, and delivered to the Ethiopian embassy in September. They were returned to Addis Ababa over the weekend and will be displayed in Ethiopian museums.

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