When archaeology students unearthed a royal throne in Benin they were astonished. But it was actually a replica, planted to make a statement about the colonial looting of African art

Congolese art collector Sindika Dokolo didn’t hold back when requesting the return of African artefacts by European collectors and galleries. Calling it a “long-neglected historical wrong”, he compared the plunder of African heritage to the Nazi looting of artworks in the 1930s and 40s.

“Austria returned around 50,000 works of art and objects from public collections to the heirs of collectors whose works were looted by the Nazis,” he wrote. “Righting the plunder of Africa’s heritage should be no less urgent.”

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